Academic archivists have an opportunity to document the lives of key members of the institution. An oral history interview is one way of effectively presenting and preserving institutional history from multiple perspectives. This article discusses a recent oral history program at Rollins College conducted by the College Archives as part of a student-faculty research project. These oral history interviews add human voices to the existing archival records and enhance the understanding of liberal arts education from a faculty's perspective. As a tool to survey and preserve institutional history, the Rollins oral history research program provided students with meaningful learning experiences, raised the awareness of the special collections, and promoted the value of the archival services in the academic community. The program had as a long-term objective the establishment of a new college tradition to interview each faculty member upon his or her retirement.
Zhang, Wenxian; Schreck, Corey; and Velez, Lily, "Documenting Liberal Arts Education from a Faculty's Perspective: the Rollins College Oral History Archive" (2007). Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Publications. 16.
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