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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Collection processed by Brett Dion and Maria Santiago

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 22, 2017
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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers with varied restrictions according to narrator agreement. Many oral histories can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Oral History Portal .

Conditions Governing Use

Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires the permission of BHS. Please see the Oral History Note for guidelines on using Brooklyn Historical Society's oral history collections. For assistance, please consult library staff at

Preferred Citation

[Narrator Last name, First name], Oral history interview conducted by [Interviewer First name Last name], [Month day, YYYY], Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories, [Object ID]; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

In addition to this collection, Brooklyn Historical Society has many other records related to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Among these are:

• Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation publication and photograph collection, 1968-2007, ARC.124

• Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council publications, 1965-1972, ARC.163

• Viola Hargrave collection of Bedford-Stuyvesant photographs, circa 1960s to 1970s, V1974.005

Also, narrator Pamela Green, formerly the Executive Director of the Weeksville Heritage Center, was recorded in the Listen to this: Crown Heights Oral History collection, 2010 (2010.020). Narrator Ronald Shiffman, who helped conceive and launch Restoration, donated his papers to BHS in 2013 (2013.023). For more information on these and several other collections associated with Bedford-Stuyvesant, please visit our online finding aid portal.


Oral History note

Oral history interviews are intimate conversations between people, all of whom have generously agreed to share these recordings with the Brooklyn Historical Society archives and with researchers. Please listen in the spirit with which these were shared. Researchers will understand that:

1. The Brooklyn Historical Society abides by the General Principles & Best Practices for Oral History as agreed upon by the Oral History Association (2009) and expects that use of this material will be done with respect for these professional ethics.

2. Every oral history relies on the memories, views and opinions of the narrator. Because of the personal nature of oral history, listeners may find some viewpoints or language of the recorded participants to be objectionable. In keeping with its mission of preservation and unfettered access whenever possible, BHS presents these views as recorded.

3. The audio recording should be considered the primary source for each interview. It may contain natural false starts, verbal stumbles, misspeaks, repetitions that are common in conversation.

4. Unless these verbal patterns are germane to your scholarly work, when quoting from this material researchers are encouraged to correct the grammar and make other modifications maintaining the flavor of the narrator's speech while editing the material for the standards of print.

Existence and Location of Copies

This oral history collection was duplicated for the offices of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The oral histories that make up this collection were compiled by a team including an oral history program coordinator and oral history program intern at Brooklyn Historical Society and staff members at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Project staff included Sady Sullivan (Oral History Program Coordinator), Bahati Williams (Oral History Program Intern), Brian Purnell, PhD (Researcher and Interviewer), Tracey Capers (Senior Vice President of Programs and Organizational Development - Restoration), Wendell Rice (Director of Weatherization Program - Restoration, and Interviewer), Judith Anglin (Human Resources Director - Restoration, and Interviewer), and Peggy Alston (Youth Arts Academy Director - Restoration, and Interviewer).

Processing Information

This collection was initially cataloged at the item level by Naomi Dobrowolski, Oral History Intern, in 2008, and Sady Sullivan, in 2009-2010. Recordings were compressed for streaming, uploaded, described, and indexed by Maria Santiago, project intern, and Brett Dion, project archivist, in late 2016 and January 2017. Due to privacy concerns, the specific dates of birth of all narrators or other named individuals were redacted from the audio recordings.