Oral History

Oral histories are collected on an ongoing basis. Projects are often embedded within courses and have resulted in several distinct oral history collections:

Students of Color Oral History Exhibit

Faculty Strike Oral History Exhibit

Oral Histories in Millersville’s Repository 


For more information on oral history methodology, review the resources created by the Oral History Association: https://www.oralhistory.org/

To schedule an appointment or an oral history workshop, please contact: Marilyn.Parrish@millersville.edu

Students of Color Oral History Project

Several racist and anti-Muslim events took place at Millersville University following President Trump’s election in November, 2016. In a case that received national attention, two white students in blackface shared their photo through Snapchat. In another, a Muslim student had her hijab pulled off by a group of young white men on campus.

The Students of Color Oral History Project explored the campus environment for students of color at Millersville University during the academic year 2017 – 2018

Standing 4 Kaepernick Protest - Philadelphia
Standing 4 Kaepernick Protest – Philadelphia

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Students of Color Oral History Project

APSCUF Strike (2016)

To capture the strike-related experiences of Millersville University faculty, staff, and students; Archives & Special Collections in McNairy Library began an oral history project during fall semester, 2016, that continued into spring semester, 2017.  The student volunteer members of the faculty strike project team, and the student employees in McNairy Library’s Archives & Special Collections areas, participated in a collaborative effort alongside Library faculty members over the course of a year and a half. The project team consisted of seven Millersville University undergraduate and graduate students and five Library faculty members. Volunteer university students included: Alex Arnold, Lauren Cameron, Abigail Gruber, Hunter Mengel, Victoria Mueller, Taylor Payne, and Kyle Thomas. The volunteer faculty members included: Katie Barrett, Libby Nelson, Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, Stephanie Pennucci, and Marilyn Parrish.

Student Supporters (2016)
Student Supporters (2016)

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APSCUF Strike (2016)