Pennsylvania State University, Black Alumni oral history collection
Scope and Contents
The Penn State Black Alumni Oral History project consists of sixteen oral history recordings and transcripts featuring thirteen African American alumni who attended Penn State University between 1968-1973. One oral history recording is a group interview. The oral histories were conducted by Maia Hill (PSU 2020). The oral histories include discussions related to interviewees experiences growing up, attending Penn State, and involvement in social and political activities on campus. The oral history interviews were conducted via Zoom and generated video recordings.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection contains born digital materials which may require specialized equipment for access. Please contact the Special Collections Research Services Unit at email@example.com to learn more about how to access these materials.
Conditions Governing Use
Interview subjects completed oral history release forms, assigning the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 license to the recordings. More information about this license may be found at the following link.
Maia Hill conducted the bulk of the oral history interviews between July 2020 and March 2021, with additional interviews conducted in April and June, 2022. The 2020 interviews were transferred to the Eberly Family Special Collections Library on 2020 December 17. All seven interviewees completed oral history release forms, assigning the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 license to the recordings.
This collection is unprocessed.
4.8 Gigabytes : 16 oral histories and transcripts
This project was developed collaboratively with recent Penn State graduate Maia Hill (PSU 2020), who was interested in helping University Archives grow its collections documenting African American student experiences on campus. This collection focuses on the experiences of Penn State alumni who attended the university between 1968-1973.
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Penn State University Libraries catalog via the link above. Archival collections may be housed in offsite storage. For materials stored offsite, please allow 2-3 business days for retrieval.
Initial interviews were conducted by Maia Hill July 2020-March 2021. Two additional interviews were conducted by Hill in April and June of 2022.
Existence and Location of Copies
Maia Hill created a digital exhibit featuring these interviews titled the Black Student Alumni at Penn State Oral History Project. This exhibit features the oral history video recordings, transcripts, and photographs of interviewees. This digital exhibit is available using the following link.
Oral history interviews are also available on YouTube at the following link.
- Guide to the Pennsylvania State University, Black Alumni oral history collection
- Compiled by Lexy deGraffenreid and Gideon Goodrich
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2021: Lexy deGraffenreid revised to include an item-level inventory of oral history interviews.
- 2022: Ben Goldman revised to include addition of two new oral histories recorded in 2022.
Part of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library Repository
104 Paterno Library
Penn State University
University Park 16802 USA