Bette Weidman Oral History Papers
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Conditions Governing Access
Student work in the collection is restricted under the the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
In 1978, at Brewer’s suggestion, Weidman took a training course in conducting oral history interviews at Columbia University with Dr. Louis Starr, director of Columbia’s Oral History Research Office. Excited about this growing field of inquiry, Weidman tried to establish a course in oral history at Queens but was met with a lack of enthusiasm. Instead, she began incorporating oral interview assignments into her regular American Studies and Women’s Studies courses as well as the English department elective, The Immigrant Experience. She also offered several oral history workshop classes as Special Studies courses in the English department.
In the 1990s, Weidman met Queens College Higher Education Officer Sydney Lefkoe who shared her interest in oral history. In 2003, they collaborated on a project to videotape interviews with 50-year alumni who returned to campus to be recognized at Commencement. Eighteen members of the class of 1953 were interviewed for the project.
The interviews in this collection are drawn from several of Weidman’s classes. The bulk currently comes from a Fall 1987 English department course; a grant-funded Women’s Oral History Project, conducted in 1992; and a collaborative oral history course taught in Spring 2012. More recordings will be added to the collection on an ongoing basis.
3 Linear Feet (2 records cartons of audiocassettes and paper files; one flat box which holds a poster)
286 Digital Files
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Bette Weidman Papers
- Processed by Lori A. Wallach. Spring 2014, edited and approved by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Spring 2014. Machine readable finding aid created by Dan Brenner, Spring 2014. New material processed and finding aid revised by Jeanie Pai and Annie Tummino, Spring 2020.
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