About the Project:

The personal stories and insights of interviewees of the Bates College Oral History Project offer a rich fabric of firsthand history spanning nine decades and provide a sense of the time and of the interactions between people who helped to shape the social, economic, educational and administrative history of the College. In addition, they augment and complement the extensive documentary material in the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. As part of the project, each interview was fully transcribed and edited. The final transcript is an accurate reflection of the oral record, with references and corrections to assist readers. The Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library retains the sound recordings, as well as a paper and electronic copy of each transcript, and these are available for research purposes. Funding for the project also supported the creation of an Oral History manual for use with this and other oral history projects at the College.

All interviews were conducted by Andrea L'Hommedieu, an oral historian and librarian, who worked from 1998 to 2004 on the Muskie Oral History Project. College students provided substantial support to the project through research and editing. For more information about the project, please see the article published in the Spring 2005 issue of Bates magazine: http://www.bates.edu/x65217.xml.