Williams College Oral History Program

Williams College Oral History Initiatives

Oral history is a deeply personal method to document and share stories that define our many communities. Williams Special Collections records oral histories for the archives, and facilitates community archiving for student and alumni organizations that wish to strengthen their relationships through engagement with group history.

Community Archives Support

We work with student and alumni organizations who wish to document their history through oral history and other digital archives initiatives. We provide technology infrastructure to host files in a distinct environment, and training in the methods and practices of oral history and digital archiving. The student and alumni groups provide interviewers, guide the process, and control access to the content.

If you are a member of a student or alumni organization and want to learn more, contact us.

College Archives Interviews

We interview students, faculty, staff, and alumni in order to complement written and visual records in the Archives with the stories of individuals that document the widest possible range of experiences at Williams.

A complete list of interviewees can be found in the Oral History Program finding aid. Abstracts of a selection of interviews are available in Unbound.

To access transcripts of interviews or suggest an interviewee, please contact us.