Rutgers Veterans (USA) Oral History project

The Rutgers Oral History Archives started in 1994, conceived and initially funded by the Class of 1942, to collect stories of the World War II generation, many of them veterans. The archives take on two or three interns each semester and train them in oral history techniques, helping students engage in research in order to bring new resources into the classroom. The archives have expanded their scope to include just about anyone with a Rutgers or New Jersey connection who has a story to tell. There are now 650 histories, 26,000 pages of transcripts, accessible online, with more being processed.  “Oral history helps us understand the past experiences of ordinary men and women,  because few people write down their own histories or leave extensive records,” said John W. Chambers, professor of history and an academic advisor to the Archives.  For full story click here.

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