Princeton LGBTQIA Oral History Project

How can I access audio and/or transcripts from the archive?

The audio and transcripts are housed online through the Mudd Archives’s website, click here to see the Princeton LGBTQIA Oral History collection. We are in the process of uploading additional audio and transcript materials: there are currently 15 interviews available on the Mudd site and by the start of spring 2018 classes there will be over 70 interviews available.

I’m an alum--How can I get involved?

If you are interested in being interviewed for the project, please share your information here. Even if you were not out or did not identify as LGBTQIA while at Princeton we are still very much interested in interviewing you!

The first round of oral history interviews occurred in summer of 2017. Interview locations were: Princeton University, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Florida, St. Louis, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additional locations may be added depending on concentrations of alums and funding, so please let us know if you are willing to participate in an interview regardless of where you live. We in the process of fund-raising in hopes of continuing interviews in the summer of 2018. 

If you are not interested in being interviewed but want to help in other ways, we welcome your support in helping us to recruit interviewees and donating to the project to help us expand the project this year and going forward.

If you complete this form, you will be contacted by a Princeton LGBTQIA Oral History Project Advisory Board member with more information. We are excited to embark on this important project with you all! If you have any questions, contact LGBT Center Director Judy Jarvis at jj20@princeton.edu or call the LGBT Center: (609) 258-1353. 

I’m a student--How can I get involved?

We have completed hiring the summer 2017 interviewer team but there are still ways for any interested students to be involved! Throughout the school year we will have a volunteer team working on multiple aspects of the project: transcribing, creating audio shorts, promoting the archive to academic departments and more. So if you are interested in being part of the volunteer team, email lgbt@princeton.edu with your information and a note about what you are particularly interested in working on, and LGBT Center staff will follow up with you.

Why is this project important?

LGBT Center staff along with LGBTQIA faculty, alumni, archivists and students feel it is critical to expand Princeton’s LGBTQIA archive in order to help current students connect to LGBTQIA stories and experiences of the past as well as provide opportunities for scholarly research. This project has the potential to bring together Princeton’s LGBTQIA community across generations, with current students being trained to conduct interviews with alumni, faculty and staff.

Students can use the interview transcripts and audio for research projects, LGBT Center staff can use the materials to create multi-interview collages and hold storytelling events, and faculty can use the interviews for their own research. This project will have particular positive impact on student interviewers and listeners and alumni who have not previously felt connected to the University and those who are seeking to learn more about LGBTQIA life at Princeton through the last 50+ years.

PRINCETON lgbtqia oral history project

The Princeton LGBTQIA Oral History Project launched in the summer of 2017 and is a partnership between by the LGBT Center, BTGALA/FFR, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and University Archives, with support from the Provost's Office's Princeton Histories Fund. During the summer, undergraduate and graduate students interview LGBTQIA alumni and current and former LGBTQIA staff and faculty to learn about their lives, particularly their experiences being LGBTQIA (out and not out) at Princeton, and their perceptions of the climate for LGBTQIA people at Princeton at different points in time. Students interviewers participate in extensive oral history methods training as a requirement for participating in the project and are paid research assistants. The project is coordinated by the LGBT Center and the Princeton LGBTQIA Oral History Project Advisory Board, whose members are:

Suman Chakraborty ‘97 (Board Co-Chair) 

Christina Chica ‘15

Gill Frank (Visiting Fellow at P’s Center for the Study of Religion)

Howard Gertler ‘96

Lelabari Giwa-Ojuri ‘14

Robert Gleason ‘87

Judy Jarvis (LGBT Center Director, Board Co-Chair)

Karen Krahulik ‘91

Tobias Rodriguez ‘11

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