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About Voices of Princeton

About the Project

Voices of Princeton is a collaborative oral history project between the Princeton Public Library, the Historical Society of Princeton, the Arts Council of Princeton, and the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society. The goal of the project is to collect, share, and archive stories and memories of Princetonians.

This project aims to collect stories of Princeton residents in order to capture and preserve a contemporary moment in Princeton’s history and also record residents’ recollections and experiences of previous periods in Princeton’s history. 

The recorded interviews will be archived in full at the Historical Society of Princeton, alongside 500 existing oral histories, and will be publicly accessible on this website.

What is oral history?

Oral history is a method for studying the past by interviewing people who lived through it. Anyone and any topic can be the focus of an oral history interview. However, oral history is especially useful for capturing the voices, stories, and memories of individuals and communities who might not otherwise be represented in history books. It can provide rich detail about the daily lives and experiences of people who are not famous or powerful. In order to preserve the interviews for future generations, oral histories are usually recorded, transcribed, and placed in a library or archive.