LGBT+ Alumni Oral History Project
The LGBT+ Alumni Oral History Project is an ongoing, annual project with the goal of documenting the experiences of former students of Mississippi University for Women/Mississippi State College for Women with diverse gender and sexual identities. Interviews take place during Homecoming in the spring, the first having taken place in 2019. Alums are invited to sign up for an hour-long interview which will be conducted by current students who are trained in conducting oral histories in early spring before Homecoming. The audio of these interviews are recorded, transcribed, and transferred to the Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections, where they will be made available in person and online to researchers. Alums who are interviewed have the option to request their interviews be closed to researchers for a set period of time of their choosing.
All interviews must be transferred to the archives with a deed of gift form, and all interviewees must read and sign an informed consent form before being interviewed.
Interviews and transcripts are currently available to researchers by visiting the Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections. They will be posted online and freely available as resources become available. Some interviews have been closed by interviewee request and will become available when those restrictions expire.
The advisory group sets goals for the project, guides its progress, and builds relationships and recruits interviewers and interviewees. The group is comprised of:
Nichole Bonaventure-Larson, Collection Development Librarian
Dr. Amber Handy, Director of the Kossen Center for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of History
Dr. Erin Kempker, Professor of History
Dr. Bridget Smith Pieschel, Professor of English
Derek Webb, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist
Dr. Brandy Wilson, Assistant Professor of English