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Guide to Voices of Crown Heights oral histories 2016.027

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Brett Dion

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 19, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The Voices of Crown Heights oral histories feature a range of narrators from diverse backgrounds. Several have been immersed in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn for a relatively brief, recent, and rapidly gentrifying period of the early twenty-first century. Others have first-hand experience with the community for roughly a quarter century prior, and can contrast the earlier period with the later one. This collection focused on recent history and social interaction in Crown Heights, with particular interest being paid to the August 1991 conflict in the neighborhood, public schools, gentrification, and policing and safety.


The collection of oral history interviews is organized into three series based on collaborative community partnerships within the project. Series 1: Brooklyn Historical Society consists of recordings conducted by the in-house Oral Historian and Project Coordinator, as well as by interviewers consulting for the institution.

Series 2: Brooklyn Movement Center includes interviewers linked to the project through their participation with the Brooklyn Movement Center, including the organization's Project Coordinator and consultants.

Oral histories represented in Series 3: Weeksville Heritage Center contain interviews conducted by that institution's Oral History Project Manager and the institution's consultants.