Oral History Collections in University Archives & Special Collections

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston holds a range of oral history collections. This page provides information about these different collections and oral history projects.

List of Oral History Collections

Boston and the Irish Language: Fifty Years of Cultural Connection in Oral History
The Boston and the Irish Language project investigates the unique importance of Irish in forming persistent bonds among and between Connemara emigrants living in Boston with their families and communities in Ireland through recorded personal interviews.

Disappeared Children in Argentina: Rita Arditti’s Interviews with the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo
In 1986 Dr. Rita Arditti, an Argentinean college professor living in the United States, learned about the work of the Association of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. In 1993, Arditti decided to write a book about them in English since the vast majority of information about the organization was available only in Spanish. The book, Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina (1999) was published in both English and Spanish. Most of the interviews posted on this site were conducted in the 1990s and were incorporated into the book.

From Confinement to College: Video Oral Histories of Japanese American Students in World War II
Video oral histories with Japanese Americans who were students during World War II and their first-hand accounts of being incarcerated and leaving internment camps to attend college. These interviews also document the impact that these students’ wartime experiences had on their later commitments to certain causes and organizations such as the NSRCF (Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund).

Linda Eisenmann: University of Massachusetts Boston Oral History Project, 1998
In the fall semester of 1998, 13 students in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral programs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, under the direction of Professor Linda Eisenmann, completed a series or oral history interviews with founding faculty members at UMass Boston.

Neighborhood Voices: Stories of the Families of the Dudley Street Neighborhood of Boston
Neighborhood Voices is an oral history project of Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) that engages young and middle-aged adults in capturing their African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean and White elder’s multi-lingual stories of the Dudley Street neighborhood of Roxbury and North Dorchester in the decades following World War II.

Oral History and the Veteran Experience: Interviews with Medal of Honor Recipients
These interviews with Medal of Honor recipients were conducted in 2015 by student interviewers from the University of Massachusetts Boston course, “Oral History and the Veteran Experience” under the direction of Professor Erin Anderson.

Robert C. Hayden interviews with Boston African American railroad workers, 1977-1991
Robert C. Hayden interviewed thirty-two retired Boston African American railroad workers over a period of two years (1988-1989) as background research for a special permanent exhibition at the MBTA Back Bay Station commemorating A. Philip Randolph and Boston’s African American railroad workers. This collection consists of typed transcripts of twenty-seven of the oral history interviews. The transcripts appear to be first drafts. Some drafts indicate the date of the interviews, which appear to have been conducted primarily in 1988 and 1989.

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