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StoryCorps: A New Digital Collection

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:20 pm

Many people are very familiar with the StoryCorps project whose mission is “to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” Since 2003, over 60,000 participants have recorded 30,000 interviews. We’ve listened to them on NPR, but the archive for all of these oral histories is housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Winston-Salem StoryCorps Oral Histories Available

StoryCorps came to Winston-Salem in 2009 and 120 of the resulting interviews are included in this new collection. Audio files of the interviews are streamed and are accompanied by timing transcripts and images of the participants. The collection is restricted to on-campus users; remote access is available via VPN to the Wake Forest community. The public is welcome to use this collection when on the Reynolda campus.

We’d like to thank Denise Franklin of WFDD for bringing this opportunity to ZSR Library. Thanks also go the entire Technology Services team for finding a “cloud” solution to streaming this content and specifically to Barry Davis and Kevin Gilbertson for their creative thinking in making this available so elegantly within the parameters of the StoryCorps agreement.

4 Responses to “StoryCorps: A New Digital Collection”

  1. It is great how the RITS team has been able to create such a fine unity of image and audio within the often difficult constraints of WakeSpace. This is really elegant and a model for the WFU community for what can be done and the important role of today’s academic library in publishing enduring content.

  2. This is wonderful! The subjects are fascinating…great work!

  3. Susan- This is very exciting! I’m hopeful much more can be done in the digital humanities realm and I know many of us are anxious to involve ZSR in any way we can. Thanks for this great report and for the initiative. Wonderful!

  4. So Cool! Makes me proud that ZSR is part of such an amazing project!


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