Hagley Library/Oral History Project

Deadline: June 24, 2024

The Oral History Office of the Hagley Library invites applications for oral history project support. These grants of up to $5,000 are awarded twice annually. Project grant funds may be used to reimburse costs associated with travel to interviewees. Funds may also be for equipment purchases but not stipends. Reimbursement of costs will take place promptly after submission of the interview sound file, metadata, release forms, and receipts.

Interviews must be conducted in English and in accordance with the standards of the Oral History Association and the Hagley Library’s own technical requirements (available upon request). Oral history projects must fit within Hagley’s collecting scope, broadly the interconnected histories of American business, technology, and society.

Grant recipients must use Hagley’s release form and ensure that any restrictions will permit public access to the interviews within a reasonable timeframe, specific terms to be negotiated. In consultation with the interviewer, Hagley will transcribe interviews and make the transcribed interviews available to the interviewer and as part of our public archive.

The oral history project support grant in December 2022 was awarded to Elizabeth K. Moore, a freelance writer, and Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation Fellow at the Gotham Center for New York City History at CUNY’s Graduate School. Her project, tentatively titled Long Island Railroad Political History, explores the political history of the Long Island Railroad from the opening of Pennsylvania station to the completion of East Side Access. Her book project will explore the interplay of national, state, and local political pressures on the railroad, and how New Yorkers and Long Islanders came to terms with their mutual need for it.

For more information please visit: https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships/oral-history-project-grant

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