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Stories from the Line: Waiting for Free Shakespeare

Volunteer interviewers from the NYPL Community Oral History Project went on tour this month to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park to talk to people in line for The Public Theater’s annual Free Shakespeare in the Park. As regulars will tell you, waiting in line at the Delacorte is a truly unique city experience.Read More ›

How I Know Dr. Roscoe C. Brown

Dr. Brown was one of the Tuskegee Airmen and a squadron commander 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. This was Dr. Brown's last major interview before he passed away on July 2, 2016. Read More ›

Photography Permitted: Opening Up the Dance Oral History Project Transcripts

We deposit into our archives a transcript of every interview conducted as part of the Oral History Project. These are nearly all available for use on-site at the library.Read More ›

Voices of NYC

For the month of May, we’re showcasing thirty-one of the extraordinary stories that have been shared by New Yorkers throughout our city as part of The New York Public Library’s Community Oral History Project.Read More ›

What, Wait, What Happened?! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 9

Gwen and Frank discuss books that defy description and throw reality for a loop. Longtime residents of Harlem, Greenwich Village, the Bronx, and more get shout-outs in an interview with NYPL's Alex Kelly about the Library's oral history projects.Read More ›

Together We Listen: Make Hundreds of NYC Stories Accessible—One Word at a Time

Are you familiar with the NYPL Community Oral History Project? Take a few moments to listen to some highlights or just dive right into our full collection of stories.Read More ›

Marymount Manhattan College Students Help Make Oral Histories Searchable

The NYPL Community Oral History project has some exciting new tools to help make our growing collection more searchable! We recently received a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant in collaboration with The Moth  to process our audio stories using Pop Up Archive's software and to engage people from around the city and the 

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Stop, Transcribe, and Listen: Volunteer Experience with New Storytelling Tools

A guest post from volunteer Kaitlin McClure about her experience tagging and transcript correcting.Read More ›

Coming Spring 2016: Greenwich Village Ephemera Project!

Jefferson Market Library is looking for volunteers to loan us small, personal objects that tell a story.Read More ›

Podcast #73: The Moth on the Power of Storytelling

In 1997, The Moth began hosting storytelling events around the country, and in 2013, we were lucky enough to share in The Moth experience at Live from the NYPL. On that night, The Moth founder George Dawes Green, writer Andrew Solomon, and The Moth's long-time Artistic Director Catherine Burns joined us. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present The Moth on the Power of Storytelling.Read More ›

Voices from East of Bronx Park: The Stories That Aren't In the History Books

This is a guest post from volunteer, Joanne Dillon. Joanne has interviewed several people for the NYPL Community Oral History Project and continues to share her experience and the experience of others who are participating in this historic initiative.Read More ›

Schomburg Treasures: The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive

The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive is now available at the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Volunteers Capture Harlem's History

Volunteers share their stories about capturing Harlem's history through interviews with residents.Read More ›

Meet Our Visible Lives Oral History Project Volunteers!

This is a guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.Read More ›

Oral Histories for National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, dedicated to educating the public about one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities. The New York Public Library’s “Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience” project recently interviewed two young men, who shared their very different experiences coping with life on the autism spectrum.

As a child, Dalton Whiteside moved with his mother from Tennessee to Europe and North Africa and then to New York 

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Learn How NYC Women Continue to Make History with the Community Oral History Project

March is Women’s History Month, a time when we pay special tribute to women whose contributions to society have proved invaluable. Find out how four extraordinary New York City women are currently making history in their local neighborhoods in these oral histories recently compiled and collected as part of our Community Oral History Project.Read More ›

Preserving the Visual Past: Panasonic MII

Back in 1986 Panasonic thought they had the competitive answer to Sony's Betacam SP format. Their product was smaller, lighter and poised to take over the electronic news gathering (ENG) market. The plan must have looked great on paper, but the MII format was a disaster.Read More ›

Dedicated Oral History Volunteers Restore Her Faith in New Yorkers

A guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.Read More ›

Audio Highlights from the Community Oral History Project

Nine highlights from four distinct oral history projects—stories of the past and present history of these communities.Read More ›

Visible Lives Oral History Experience: Playing the Hand She Was Dealt

This is a guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Joanne conducted her first interview for the project with storyteller Ann Chiapetta on Saturday, December 20. After you read her post, you can listen to Joanne's interview with Ann.Read More ›
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