ORAL HISTORY

“The identity of places is very much bound up with the histories which are told of them, how those histories are told, and which history turns out to be dominant.”

                      Massey, Doreen. “Places and Their Pasts.” History Workshop Journal, no. 39 (1995): 182–92.

Often the story of an organization is told in the service of commemoration or celebration of the goals and achievements of that organization.  Beginning with the Stories of UTSC: 1964-2014 Legacy project, faculty and student researchers began collecting the “untold” stories of our campus.  Our goal with this project, in addition to extensive archival research, is to build on that earlier collection and continue to capture the lived experience of the members of our campus community – faculty, students, and staff at all levels – through the collection and preservation of oral histories.  The oral histories will, with permission from participants, be digitally archived as part of the Scarborough Oral History Collection administered by the UTSC Library Digital Scholarship Unit.  Many thanks to those who have agreed to participate.  Below are a few examples that have been preserved.  Clicking on the name will take you directly to the audio and transcript files in the digital archive.  There are many more to come so stay tuned….

If you are interested in participating and contributing your story to the collection, please contact Amelia Ainsworth, Project Coordinator at amelia.ainsworth@mail.utoronto.ca