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Guide to the Occupy Wall Street Audio Collection TAM.598

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 11, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Occupy Wall Street (Movement)
Creator: Goodfriend, Rachel
Title: Occupy Wall Street Audio Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 2011-2012
Abstract: The Occupy Wall Street Audio Collection consists of digital audio recordings collected by members of the Occupy Wall Street Think Tank and other Occupy Wall Street (OWS) groups in late 2011 and early 2012, oral histories of OWS members conducted by Rachel Goodfriend in 2011, as well as a spreadsheet documenting different metadata about video recordings of OWS actions. The audio recordings consist of Think Tank sessions and oral histories of OWS members. The Think Tank was an open discussion group that met daily at Zuccotti Park and other locations in New York City from noon to 6:00pm daily to discuss topics related to the OWS movement from November 2011 to early 2012. Think Tank topics include justice, political and economic systems, reorganization of OWS small groups, police activity in Zuccotti Park, and the future of the OWS movement. The oral histories provide detailed information about the lives of OWS members before the movement, their reasons for joining the movement, and their experiences at Zuccotti Park.
Quantity: 40.23 Gigabytes in 102 computer files
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.598

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Historical note

The Occupy Wall Street Think Tank was an open discussion group that met daily at Zuccotti Park and other locations in New York City from noon to 6:00pm daily to discuss topics related to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement from late 2011 to early 2012. The discussion groups were open to all and were facilitated by members of the Think Tank. Anyone could suggest a topic for discussion. Topics included justice, political and economic systems, reorganization of OWS small groups, police activity in Zuccotti Park, and the future of the OWS movement.

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Scope and Contents

The Occupy Wall Street Audio Collection consists of digital audio recordings collected by members of the Occupy Wall Street Think Tank and other Occupy Wall Street (OWS) groups in late 2011 and early 2012, oral histories of OWS members conducted by Rachel Goodfriend in 2011, as well as a spreadsheet documenting different metadata about video recordings of OWS actions. The audio recordings consist of Think Tank sessions and oral histories of OWS members. Think Tank topics include justice, political and economic systems, reorganization of OWS small groups, police activity in Zuccotti Park, and the future of the OWS movement. The oral histories provide detailed information about the lives of OWS members before the movement, their reasons for joining the movement, and their experiences at Zuccotti Park.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series, Series I. Think Tank Recordings and Files, and Series II. Oral Histories. Series I. is arranged in alphabetical order by type of material and in chronological order within the recordings. Series II. is arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the narrator.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Oral histories (literary works)

Subject Topics

  • Occupy movement -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Public meetings -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The audio recordings of the oral histories were stored by Tamiment staff on Soundcloud. These recordings were downloaded by Archival Collections Management staff in 2020 and transferred to Research Workspace.

The audio recordings of the Think Tank discussions were collected with the cooperation of the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, who provided digital recorders to OWS members. The oral histories were conducted by Rachel Goodfriend, a Tamiment Library student worker.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 2011-2012, are expected to enter the public domain in 2131.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Occupy Wall Street Audio Collection; TAM.598; item identifier; Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Born-Digital Access Policies and Procedures

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. An access terminal for born-digital materials in the collection is available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only. Researchers may view an item's original container and/or carrier, but the physical carriers themselves are not available for use because of preservation concerns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No information was recorded about the acquisition of this material. The accession number associated with this collection is 2012.006.

Processing Information

One hard drive was forensically imaged and mounted to the Research Workspace (RWS) and four thumb drives were forensically imaged, analyzed, and arranged in Forensic Toolkit (FTK). In RWS, directories were created for each oral history narrator and audio recordings associated with each narrator were moved to the correct directory. In FTK, files were arranged by date of recording and bookmarks were created for each date. Archival objects were created in ArchivesSpace for each bookmark in FTK and each directory in RWS. Digital objects were created to represent the files in the bookmarks and directories and were attached to the correct archival object in ArchivesSpace.

New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

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Container List

Series I. Think Tank Recordings and Files, 2011-2012. 38.5 Gigabytes in 98 computer files

Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order by type of material and in chronological order within the recordings.

Scope and Contents

This series contains digital audio recordings of Think Tank discussions and a spreadsheet containing metadata on video recordings about OWS. Material in this series dates from November 2011 to January 2012.

The Think Tank discussion topics include justice, power, demands of OWS, supplies needed by OWS, alternative currency and spending money within OWS, reorganization of small working groups, smaller Occupy movements at colleges and universities in New York City (NYC), collaboration with other OWS movements across the country, Liberty Park (OWS's name for Zuccotti Park) as a microcosm of society, public figures at OWS, different economic systems for the United States (US), new media in elections, negative portrayal of OWS by/in media and what to do about it, tax havens, minority involvement in OWS, police activity in Zuccotti Park, barriers to the OWS movement, next steps for OWS in spreading through NYC and US, the future of the movement after November 15, 2011 and getting more people involved, how to influence the system without being a part of the system, ways to disrupt/interrupt provocateurs, and whether or not capitalism is a viable economic system. Other recordings include audio from marches in lower Manhattan and OWS working group discussions in other parts of Manhattan and in Staten Island. Some of the Think Tank recordings include the protocols for discussions, including the hand signals used by OWS.

The spreadsheet contains metadata about 83 video recordings, which includes YouTube links for each video. The videos document marches and other OWS events and contain news stories created by major US and foreign media organizations and small online media sites.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_15 Recordings -- November 7, 2011

Recordings -- November 7, 2011: 2011-11-07-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-07
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TA_TAM_598_ER_4 Recordings -- November 10, 2011

Recordings -- November 10, 2011: 2011-11-10-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-10
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_5 Recordings -- November 11, 2011

Recordings -- November 11, 2011: 2011-11-11-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-11
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_6 Recordings -- November 12, 2011

Recordings -- November 12, 2011: 2011-11-12-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-12
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_7 Recordings -- November 13, 2011

Recordings -- November 13, 2011: 2011-11-13-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-13
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_8 Recordings -- November 18, 2011

Recordings -- November 18, 2011: 2011-11-18-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-18
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_9 Recordings -- November 19, 2011

Recordings -- November 19, 2011: 2011-11-19-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-19
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_10 Recordings -- November 20, 2011

Recordings -- November 20, 2011: 2011-11-20-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-20
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_16 Recordings -- November 21, 2011

Recordings -- November 21, 2011: 2011-11-21-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-21
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_11 Recordings -- November 22, 2011

Recordings -- November 22, 2011: 2011-11-22-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-22
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_12 Recordings -- November 26, 2011

Recordings -- November 26, 2011: 2011-11-26-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-26
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_13 Recordings -- November 27, 2011

Recordings -- November 27, 2011: 2011-11-27-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-27
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_14 Recordings -- November 28, 2011

Recordings -- November 28, 2011: 2011-11-28-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-11-28
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_17 Recordings -- December 2, 2011

Recordings -- December 2, 2011: 2011-12-02-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-12-02
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_18 Recordings -- December 3, 2011

Recordings -- December 3, 2011: 2011-12-03-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-12-03
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_19 Recordings -- December 4, 2011

Recordings -- December 4, 2011: 2011-12-04-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-12-04
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_1 Recordings -- December 16, 2011

Recordings -- December 16, 2011: 2011-12-16-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-12-16
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_20 Recordings -- December 17, 2011

Recordings -- December 17, 2011: 2011-12-17-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-12-17
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TA_TAM_598_ER_2 Recordings -- December 22, 2011

Recordings -- December 22, 2011: 2011-12-22-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-12-22
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_3 Recordings -- January 7, 2012

Recordings -- January 7, 2012: 2012-01-07-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2012-01-07
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_22 Recordings -- Undated

Recordings -- Undated: Undated   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

Undated
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_21 Video spreadsheet

Video spreadsheet: 2011-12-06-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011-12-06

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Series II. Oral Histories, 2011. 1.8 Gigabytes in 4 recordings

Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the narrator.

Scope and Contents

This series consists of four digital audio recordings of oral history interviews with OWS members conducted by Tamiment Library student worker Rachel Goodfriend in late 2011. The narrators discuss their early lives and families, what they were doing immediately before coming to Zuccotti Park and joining OWS, their reasons for joining OWS, their thoughts about the political and economic systems in the US, and the future of the movement.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_23 Granger, Jason

Granger, Jason: 2011-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_24 Pantozzi, Fred

Pantozzi, Fred: 2011-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_25 Rivera, Carlos

Rivera, Carlos: 2011-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_TAM_598_ER_26 Wong, Su

Wong, Su: 2011-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/tam_598.xml&view=xml

2011

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