May 23, 2022

Research Database: The HistoryMakers Brings Oral Histories of African-Americans To Colleges

From the Chicago Tribune:

The HistoryMakers, a Chicago non-profit organization that collects oral histories of African-Americans, is opening its digital archive to 10 major universities throughout the country, company leaders announced Friday.


The catalog of video interviews featuring people in art, law, politics, sports and other fields will be offered to universities through subscriptions, allowing schools to make the archives available through their library systems. Students and professors will be able to access the materials from their campuses as they conduct academic research.

Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Boston University, Harvard University,Yale University, Princeton University, Howard University, Emory University, Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University all have signed up for the service.


Libraries frequently partner with outside organizations to adopt primary-source materials into their collections, according to James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association. Indeed, library directors said one attractive feature of The HistoryMakers collaboration was to tap into information their institutions ordinarily would not have had the time to create or gather.

Marilyn Dunn, executive director at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, said The HistoryMakers subscription will enable students and professors to explore materials focusing on black women.

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