Oral History Project

Join the WNC LGBTQ Oral History Project!

  • Share Your Story
  • Capture Others’ Stories
  • Contribute Photos, Videos, Artifacts
  • Join Our Editorial Team
  • Named or Anonymous Interviews
  • Individuals, Couples, Groups, Organizations
  • We provide equipment & training
  • Allies are welcome, too!

Project Leaders

Dr. Amanda WrayDr. Amanda Wray

Associate Professor UNC Asheville, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and English Department | Email

Dr. Rachel Muir

Director, Community Projects & Partnerships, Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc. | Email

The LGTBQ Oral History Archive project is a collaboration of the Blue Ridge Pride Center, YMCA of Western NC, and UNC Asheville. Together, we aim to document a richer, fuller, and more inclusive history of our region by recording the stories and memories of individuals who have spent much of their lives in the South. We hope, too, that these interviews will contribute to a large-scale needs assessment and asset mapping for LGBTQ communities in our area. The interviews will be stored in UNC Asheville Ramsey Library’s Special Collections. Where permissions allow, we plan to create an interactive media platform and to feature outtakes and articles on Blue Ridge Pride Center’s soon-to-be-launched WNC virtual LGBTQ Center.

Oral History Workshop Preparation

  1. Download Workshop Handout
  2. Read the chapter “Learning to Listen” from the Oral History Reader (nice examples of actual interviews and how interviewers unintentionally interrupt the memory process).
  3. Review one or more of the oral history online archives (links on Oral History home page). Notice how the archives are organized and which LGBT+ issues are represented; experience / listen to some of the stories. We’ll hear some of these during the workshop too.

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