Bristol History collection of oral history projects
Held at: Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library [Contact Us]680 Radcliffe St, Bristol, Pennsylvania
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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In 2007, the Bristol Borough Community Partnership organized the first Bristol Borough Oral History Project, in which 7th and 8th grade students from Bristol Borough (St. Ann School and Bristol Middle School) interviewed some of the borough's longtime residents. The project was conducted from 2007 to 2009 and approximately 15 residents were interviewed.
In 2010, the Oral History Initiative Committee organized another oral history project, this one focusing on World War II. High school students interviewed 13 veterans. At the same time, Committee members interviewed the same number of Bristol residents who stayed local for the war for the "On the Home Front" part of the project.
In 2012, the Bristol Oral History Initiative Committee conducted six oral history interviews for "Our Boys of Summer: Remembering Bristol's Baseball History."
This collection consists of digital audio recordings of oral history interviews from all three projects, as well as a small amount of background information about the projects and interviewees, and transcripts.
Documentation of the first Bristol Borough Oral History Project, 2007-2008, includes a small amount of background information/flyers about the project, copies of photographs of the tri-fold poster boards created by students about the residents they interviewed (filed alphabetically by interviewee), and digital audio files of the interviews in Windows Media Audio/Video (.wmv) format.
Documentation of the World War II project, 2010, consists of digital audio files of the interviews in Windows Media Audio/Video (.wmv) format, transcripts in alphabetical order by interviewee, a small amount of background information about each interviewee, including photocopies of photographs and primary-source documents, and digital photographs of the students' poster boards.
Documentation of the "Our Boys of Summer" project from 2012 consists of digital audio files of the interviews in Windows Media Audio/Video (.wmv) format and transcripts.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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