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Voices of the ROC project oral history interviews and photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0600

Scope and Contents

Collection contains paper records of the oral history release form signed by each student conducting the interviews granting all rights to the RIT Archive Collections; and release forms signed by each interviewee signing over rights to RIT Archive Collections.

Also included are The City in History: Rochester syllabus, 20 digital photos of the interview groups with their interviewee, and eight digital audio files of the interviews. Names of the students in the class who participated in the project can be found in the attached document.

Dates

  • May 5, 2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers, although there is a restriction on one of the interviewees oral history; permission is required before access. Due to technical problems during recording, the Dane Gordon interview is not available.

Biographical / Historical

Students in Dr. Michael Brown's Spring 2015 class "The City in History: Rochester" were asked to complete a project called "Voices of the ROC." The project involved conducting oral interviews of Rochesterians who also work at RIT, about their memories of the city, their experiences here, and their sense of the changes in the city over time.

As part of the class, the students received basic training in oral history - the practice of conducting interviews for historical research. Following the interviews, each of the nine groups were responsible for giving a brief oral presentation on their interviewee's Rochester reflections to the rest of the class.

The three goals of the project were: first, to enhance their understanding of recent Rochester history; second, to develop an understanding of how friends, family members and associates can be valuable sources of information about history; and third, to create an archive of Rochester reflections at RIT for posterity. Subsequent iterations of the class may add to these materials, and in time they could grow to become a resource for scholars and the community alike.

Extent

1 Folder(s) (One folder plus digital files)

Language

English

Overview

Voices of the ROC Project oral history interviews and photographs contains The City in History: Rochester syllabus, 20 digital photos of the interview groups with their interviewee, and eight digital audio files of the interviews. The project involved small groups of students interviewing Rochesterians who also work at RIT, about their memories of the city, their experiences, and their sense of the changes in the city over time.

Arrangement

Digital files are in no particular order.

Physical Location

Digital files are located in Archives/Digital Donated/Voices of the Roc. Paper copies of oral history release forms are located in CS. South, Shelf 793, Box 74.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Voices of the ROC project oral history interviews and photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Voices of the ROC project oral history interviews and photographs were deposited in the RIT Archive Collections in May 2015 by Dr. Michael Brown, professor of the class.

Accession number(s): 2015:049

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in June 2015.
Title
Voices of the ROC Project digital interviews and photographs
Subtitle
RIT Archives
Status
Published
Author
Jody Sidlauskas
Date
11 June 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archive Collections Repository

Contact:
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
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Rochester NY 14623 USA
(585) 475-4613