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This is a guide to resources on the Oral History Project at Emory.

Share Your Story!


 If you're a First-Generation College Student at Emory, identify as a Black Student, or a Latinx Student, we'd like to hear your story!   

The Emory Oral History Project, located in the Woodruff Library, is a pilot project to record short video interviews of people who are involved - directly or indirectly - with the University. We are focusing on underrepresented voices and inviting students to share their experiences.  If you're a first-generation college student at Emory, identify as a black student, or a Latinx student, we'd like to hear your story!  

Sign up here to record a video.  

University of Northern Colorado Oral History Project

This project is inspired by a similar initiative by the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Libraries.  Below, you can watch a video of UNC students discussing their experience being first-gen. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I talk about in the video?

We'll give you a list of questions to get you to started. But, we encourage you to talk about anything that interests, troubles, excites, or inspires you.  This is your video legacy, so have fun with it!

Where will I record the video?

To make sure that the video is of high quality and can be preserved for future generations, we ask that you record your video in the Student Studio on the first floor of the library, room 118.

When can I record my video?

You can sign up for a time slot to record your video here.  A member of our staff will confirm the appointment through email, and meet you at the Student Studio to record your video.

How long will the video be?

Your video can be as long or short as you'd like, but we expect that most people will record videos that are between 15 and 25 minutes long.

Can I record a video with my friends?

Sure!  We encourage students to record a video with a friend.  If you'd like to record a video alone, that's also fine.  We ask that no more than two people record together at one time, so that we can see and hear both of you clearly in the video.  

How do I donate my video to special collections?

After you record your video, you will fill out a Deed of Gift form.  This document transfers ownership of the video to the Rose Library (i.e. special collections) for preservation as part of the Emory University Archive. 

Can I place use restrictions on my gift?

Yes.  At the time of donation, you can decide if you want your video to be made available immediately or at a future date you designate.  For example, you can request that your video be released for viewing in 2 years, or 100 years from now. You can also ask that your video never be displayed on a public facing website and/or that your donation not include your name. You can also choose to record audio only.  

What will my video be used for?

Your video will become part of the Emory University Archives, which are accessible for research and education purposes.  So, your video might be seen by a researcher studying ways to support first gen-students, a student writing a paper for a course on higher education, or future activists who want to learn about the experiences of Emory students, among others.  

How do I sign up?

If you're interested in participating, please send an email to Jonathan Coulis ( and we can help you get started!  You can also sign up for a recording slot here.  

Contact Us

Interested in recording your own video?  Sign up here.  Questions?  Please contact us!


Jonathan Coulis

Woodruff Library Graduate Fellow

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