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Guide to the New York University Department of History Oral History Class Collection OH.033

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Megan O'Shea, Samantha Houck, Manon Gray, and Maria Mejia

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 17, 2017
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New York University. Department of History
Creator: Henry Street Settlement (New York, N.Y.)
Creator: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Creator: Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
Title: New York University Department of History Oral History Class Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1984-1999
Dates [bulk]: 1991-1995
Abstract: The New York University (NYU) Department of History Oral History Class Collection contains over 180 sound and video interviews conducted by graduate students from the NYU Department of History in 1984, between 1991 and 1995, in 1999, and by volunteers from the Workmen’s Circle in Manhattan, New York in 1993. The majority of the narrators lived in the Lower East Side (LES) neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Other narrators include residents of the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan; members of the Three Arrows Cooperative Society in Putnam Valley, New York; veterans of the Vietnam War; and jazz musicians in New York City between 1940 and 1960. The narrators reflect the changing ethnic composition of different neighborhoods in New York City, and include Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe; immigrants from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America; and migrants from the southern United States and Puerto Rico. Topics covered by the interviews include life in tenements in the LES, life in public and cooperative housing in the LES, family life, ethnic identities, intercultural and interracial relations in New York City, education, religion, paid and unpaid work, immigration and migration experiences, religious and social activities in East Harlem, Asian American activism, socialist and anarchist organizations, political activism, anti-war movements, community gardens in New York City, and experiences of women in higher education through the 1970s and 1990s. In addition to the interviews, the collection includes transcripts (full and partial) of interviews, notes on and indexes of interviews, field notes taken by interviewers, and preliminary questionnaires completed by narrators. Some files include articles and ephemera created by the narrators or are related to the topics they discussed in the interviews.
Quantity: 10.25 Linear Feet in 1 record carton, 5 media boxes, 3 half manuscript boxes, 1 flat box, and 10 card catalog drawers
Quantity: 1.25 Linear Feet in 1 record carton and 2 half manuscript boxes
Quantity: 2 videocassettes (vhs)
Quantity: 5 videocassettes (hi8)
Quantity: 239 sound discs (cd)
Quantity: 7 videodiscs (dvd)
Quantity: 203 audiocassettes
Language: Materials are in English, with four interviews in Spanish.
Call Phrase: OH.033