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Collection Overview

Title
University Archives Oral History Collection, 1976-[ongoing]
ID
UA 43
Extent
6.0 Cubic Feet
Primary Creator
College of William and Mary
Other Creators
Alumni and alumnae, College of William and Mary. Faculty (1693-)
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in five series: Series 1: College Oral History Program; Series 2: Stoney the Road We Trod; Series 3: University Archives Oral History Project; Series 4: Stephens Project; Series 5: Colonial Williamsburg Oral History Project.
Forms of Material
Sound Recordings, Transcripts
Languages
English

Restrictions

Access

The collection is open to all researchers unless otherwise noted on the recording or transcript.

 

Researchers may only use the electronic version of the Frances Robb interview.

Series 5: Colonial Williamsburg Oral History Project, can only be accessed for in-house use only. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Permission for the Lester Cappon and Frances Robb interviews must be obtained from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the University Archives Oral History Collection consists of transcripts and recordings of oral history interviews conducted as a part of various projects at the College of William and Mary with administrators, faculty, students, and alumni.

The specific projects include the College's oral history program from the 1970s, an oral history program sponsored by the University Archives beginning in the 2000s, "Stony the Road We Trod," and the Stephens Project.  The collection also contains recordings that were done as part of Colonial Williamsburg's Oral History Project in 1930.

Whenever possible, interview transcripts, audio, and/or video are available online. See item records and the links to digital content (most often in the W&M Digital Archive at http://digitalarchive.wm.edu) for details.

A card catalog located in the SCRC indexes the interviews from the 1970s available in this collection. The card catalog was maintained and added to through January 2007. In 2007, the card catalog was digitized and each card is now available in PDF form. The cards can be searched at http://cf.swem.wm.edu/beta/cards

When searching the online version of the card catalog researchers should use the phrase "oral history" (without quotation marks) and either the name of the individual or subject of interest. For instance, a researcher may wish to use terms such as: "oral history Paschall" (without quotation marks) to review the topics indexed in the oral history of Davis Young Paschall; or "oral history admissions" (without quotation marks) to find the interviews of individuals who discuss admissions at the College in their oral history interview. The public is encouraged to contact the Special Collections staff (spcoll@wm.edu or 757-221-3090) for assistance.

Biographical Note

Information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/College of William and Mary">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/College of William and Mary</a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: College Oral History Project, 1974-1978],
[Series 2: "Stony the Road We Trod" Oral History Project, 2005],
[Series 3: University Archives Oral History and Related Projects, 2002-[ongoing]],
[Series 4: The Stephens Project, 2008-[ongoing]],
[Series 5: Colonial Williamsburg Oral History Project, July 1930 and April 1953],
[All]

Series 4: The Stephens Project, 2008-[ongoing]

Click on the green arrow next to an interviwee's name to access the interview material online. Note that some interviews are available only in Swem Library.

Established in memory of Stephen H. Snell and Stephen E. Patrick, the Stephens Project seeks to document the stories of the lives of William & Mary GLBTQ alumni, faculty, staff, and students. It is a long range (multi-year) oral history project coordinated by Swem Library, which will record the personal experiences of individuals while concentrating on their years at or associated with William & Mary. The project will focus on memories relative to the William & Mary years and their impact on later life including recalling what gay and lesbian life was like at that time at William & Mary, coming out stories during the college years, the impact of being gay or lesbian at William & Mary, experiences related to William & Mary GALA, Inc. as well as student, faculty and staff groups, and other memories. See https://swem.wm.edu/news/stephens-project for more information.

Box 10
Folder 5: Lawrence D. Griffth, 2008-2009
Lawrence (Larry) Griffith graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1981 with a BA in English. He was president of Lambda Alliance when a student (1979) and a board member of William and Mary GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association). These two interviews were conducted as part of the William and Mary GALA Stephens Oral History Project.
Folder 6: Peyton Pond, October 25, 2008
Peyton Pond graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1982 with a BA in English. This interview was conducted as part of the William and Mary GALA Stephens Oral History Project. Some restrictions apply to this interview through October 25, 2013.
Folder 7: Wayne Curtis, October 25, 2008
Wayne N. Curtis graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1982 with a BA in History. He joined William and Mary GALA in 1987, served as a board member in the 1990s, and has served as president from 2003 to the present (2008). This interview was conducted as part of the William and Mary GALA Stephens Oral History Project.
Item 1: Andrew Emery, October 23-24, 2009

This interview of Drew Emery was conducted October 24th, 2009 as part of the William and Mary GALA Stephens Oral History Project by Amy Schindler and Troy Davis. Emery graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1986 with a BA in Theatre and received his Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. The interview focuses mostly on Emery’s time at William and Mary and his film “Inlaws & Outlaws,” released in 2005.

In a separate session, Andrew Emery discusses his film and answers questions after a screening of the movie at the College of William and Mary on October 23rd, 2009. The event was sponsored by William & Mary GALA. The Q&A session focuses on the film in general, but also includes discussion of contemporary politics.

Item 2: Steve Murden, August 17, 2011
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 3: George Greenia, August 19, 2011
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 4: Margie Cook, August 2011
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 5: W. Samuel Sadler, September 8, 2011
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 6: Joseph Price, October 25, 2008
Joseph Price graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1993 with a BA in Public Policy. He was president of William and Mary GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association). This interview was conducted as part of the William and Mary GALA Stephens Oral History Project.
Item 7: Tom Baker, October 2011
In loving memory of Gary Lyle, December 24, 1933 - November 7, 2011.
Item 8: Ian Hart, 2011
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 9: Bruce Garside, 2011
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 10: Camilla Hill, 2011
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 11: Dorothy Edwards, January 2012
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 13: Hilary Adams, January 2012
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 12: Jan Hubenthal, January 2012
Graduate student. This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 14: Laura Andrew, January 2011
Class of 2012. This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 15: Matt Caterine, February 2012
Class of 2012. This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 16: Enrique Urueta, March 2012
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 17: Jeffrey Trammell, April 2012
This interview will be available in the future.
Item 18: 2007 Alumnus, April 2012
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 19: Laura Andrew and Matt Caterine Joint Interview, April 2012
Class of 2012. This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 20: Jake Nelson, October 26, 2012
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future. This interview is available to users on the William & Mary campus only.
Item 21: Helis Sikk, October 27, 2012
Interview with Helis Sikk, a fellow PhD student in the American Studies program, at Swem Library during Homecoming weekend. We discussed Helis’ academic and social background as a college student in her home country of Estonia and later in the American Studies graduate program at the University of Wyoming. As we talked about LGBT tolerance and queer social life in Tartu, Laramie, and Williamsburg, Helis elaborated upon some broader ideas about identity politics and the meaning of the word “queer.”
Item 22: Christopher Beacham, May 17, 2013
Interview with Chris Beacham on a quiet day in Swem Library less than a week after commencement, in which Chris participated as a member of the 2013 graduating class. Chris and I discussed his many, largely positive experiences as a genderqueer member of William and Mary’s LGBTQ community. Chris explained the beginnings of his queer identity in high school and his further personal and intellectual growth at W&M as a student, editor of Lips: Expressions of Female Sexuality, and member of the queer social community on campus. Chris’ responses to questions were thoughtful and candid, and should be of great interest to those looking to know more about the queer community and queer activism at William and Mary in the twenty-first century.
Item 23: Robert L. Reis II, June 4, 2013
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 24: Greg Bowers, June 5, 2013
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 25: Julian Long, May 28, 2013
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 26: Frederic Tate, June 24, 2013
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 27: Eric Peterson, June 26, 2013
Interview with Eric Peterson at the LGBT Center in New York City only about two hours after the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 were made public. Through most of the recording of the interview, the listener can hear the cheers of those celebrating at the press conference across the hall from our conference room. The interview with Eric undoubtedly reflects the mood of the day, especially as Eric's recollections of his experiences as a closeted gay man at William & Mary in the 1980s contrast with the openness heralded by the Supreme Court's decisions and Eric's life as a happy, openly gay man today.
Item 28: Vance Briceland, June 27, 2013
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 29: Jesse Rude, June 27, 2013
Interview with Jesse Rude at the LGBT Center in New York City the day after the Supreme Court made public its decisions regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. Amid continuing positive feelings from the previous day’s civil rights successes, Jesse related the changes he has experienced since growing up in rural Virginia without gay role models. We discussed the gradual acceptance of his identity during his first two years at William & Mary, the people who helped him along the way, and the positive growth in his life and in American culture since he first came to William & Mary in 1993.
Item 30: Turner Arrington, June 26, 2013
Interview of Samuel Turner Arrington at the LGBT Center in New York City the day the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 were made public. Turner grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, graduated from William & Mary in 2000, and lived in Norfolk until moving to New York for medical school earlier this summer. Turner, who married his partner several years ago, had largely positive experiences as an openly gay man at William & Mary and in Virginia since. His education in W&M English and Women's Studies courses as well as casual debates outside of class helped him embrace his identity. He has happily witnessed social change in Virginia and the country as a whole, and discusses the important role he believes the internet has played in propagating change.
Item 31: Kevin Kosanovich, September 24, 2012
This interview of Kevin Kosanovich was conducted as part of the Stephens Project by David Pratt. Kevin Kosanovich has been involved in the Stephens Project as a graduate assistant and oral history interviewer.
Item 32: Jack Harris, October 17, 2012
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.
Item 33: Debra Hill, August 29, 2013
This interview is currently being processed and will be available in the future.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: College Oral History Project, 1974-1978],
[Series 2: "Stony the Road We Trod" Oral History Project, 2005],
[Series 3: University Archives Oral History and Related Projects, 2002-[ongoing]],
[Series 4: The Stephens Project, 2008-[ongoing]],
[Series 5: Colonial Williamsburg Oral History Project, July 1930 and April 1953],
[All]

Administrative Information

Repository
Special Collections Research Center
Accruals
Future accruals are expected.
Acquisition Method
While the Oral History Collection as a whole does not have an accession number, two of the oral history interviews contained within it do: Davis Young Paschall, Acc. 1980.018 and Lester J. Cappon, Acc. 1981.071.
Related Materials

Oral histories conducted by the Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) are available online from the the DSpace at William and Mary digital repository at http://dspace.swem.wm.edu/dspace/handle/10288/453. The WDP of the College of William and Mary "strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia." The WDP conducts oral history interviews and other projects to interpret Williamsburg's post-colonial history including a number of interviews related to the College of William and Mary.

See also the oral histories conducted by the Archives and Records Department of Colonial Williamsburg.

Preferred Citation
University Archives Oral History Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Processing Information
Acc. 2010.424 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in March 2011.