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Waxter Center Oral Histories Collection

 Collection
Identifier: R0172-WCO

Scope and Content Note

The Waxter Center Oral Histories Collection contains 12 audio interviews and transcripts collected by Joshua Davis, University of Baltimore assistant professor, Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies, and by the students of his “History 205 African American History since 1865” class. The students interviewed participants at the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens in Baltimore, MD on February 13 and 14, 2019. The project was part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant awarded to the University of Baltimore in support of programming and events focused on the book “Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine. The project allowed students and interviewees to discuss their individual life experiences, themes from the UB history course, and themes from Claudia Rankine’s book. Some significant topics discussed in these interviews include racism in America and microaggressions. This collection includes textual transcripts and digital audio interviews.

Dates

  • February 2019

Creator

Language

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Access to the digital audio interviews and interview transcripts is available through this finding aid.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for materials in this collection is held by the respective interviewees. Materials resulting from the interviews conducted for this project are made available for use consistent with the University of Baltimore's and Special Collections & Archives' mission. Researchers may copy, modify, share, and reproduce these items for non-commercial and educational purposes. Any commercial use requests must be put in writing to the UB Special Collections & Archives. Contact Special Collections and Archives staff with any questions.

Historical Note

This oral history project and partnership with the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens was conducted in February 2019 in a collaboration that was part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant awarded to the University of Baltimore. The NEA Big Read grant supported programming, community conversations, and collaborations at the University of Baltimore in February 2019 centered around the book “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine.

The project was coordinated by Angela Koukoui of the UB Special Collections & Archives, Sean Hogan of the RLB Library, and Joshua Davis, University of Baltimore assistant professor, Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies in partnership with Natasha Ramberg of the Waxter Center. This project included students from Joshua Davis’s “History 205 African American History since 1865” class. Students conducted interviews with participants from the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens during the “Waxter Wisdom” event at the Center on February 13, 2019 and during a Valentine’s Day lunch on February 14, 2019 at the Center.

The Waxter Center for Senior Citizens in Baltimore provides wellness, health, and other programs to older adults. The Waxter Center was dedicated as a memorial to Thomas Jacob Shryock Waxter, a leader in public welfare in Maryland for over three decades from the 1930s to the 1960s. It is an active community center.

Information for this historical note came from the collection creators and from the NEA Big Read at UB website Visit the NEA Big Read at UB website to learn more

Extent

0.2 Linear feet (1 box) : 12 digital oral history interview audio recordings and transcriptions

Abstract

This collection is the result of an oral history project and partnership with the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens in Baltimore that was conducted in February 2019 as part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant awarded to the University of Baltimore.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee.

Custodial History

The collection was transferred to the Special Collections & Archives from Sean Hogan of the RLB Library on August 7, 2019.

Accessing Digital Copies

Digital versions of items in this collection are available online. Locate records by using the "Print" button above, or browse records in “Collection Organization." Records with associated digital objects are identified with a red Digital Object icon.

Related Materials

Related collections held by the Special Collections and Archives include but are not limited to the Thomas J. S. Waxter, Jr. Papers

Processing Information

Collection processed by Laura Bell and Fatemeh Rezaei and completed in August 2019.

Creator

Title
Waxter Center Oral Histories Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Laura Bell, Archivist
Date
August 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

Contact:
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