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Introducing SpeakOut, the Dartmouth College Library’s new oral history project

The Dartmouth College Library is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of an exciting new oral history project dedicated to documenting the experiences of Dartmouth’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) alumni/ae. Beginning in Spring 2018, the project, titled SpeakOut, will train undergraduate students to conduct oral history interviews with members of the LGBTQIA+ alumni/ae community. The interviews will become part of the oral history collection at Rauner Special Collections Library, where they will be available for teaching and research. A dedicated project website will provide widespread access to audiences beyond the Dartmouth campus.

SpeakOut was first proposed by DGALA, the alumni/ae association for Dartmouth’s LGBTQIA+ community, and is a collaboration between DGALA, the Library, and the History Department. The project is based out of Rauner Library and funded with generous support from the Office of the Provost and Dean of Libraries. SpeakOut is an official part of Dartmouth’s 250th Anniversary celebration. The first interviews from the project are expected to be publicly available in January 2019, coinciding with the anniversary kickoff.

Posted for Caitlin Birch, Digital Collections and Oral History Archivist

8 thoughts on “Introducing SpeakOut, the Dartmouth College Library’s new oral history project

    1. Caitlin Birch

      Thanks for your interest in SpeakOut, Ron! Later this winter, we'll share a short online volunteer form and ask anyone with an interest in being interviewed to fill it out. Interviews will begin this spring and continue indefinitely. Stay tuned! And in the meantime, feel free to send any questions to

  1. Jacky

    Thank you for doing this important work. I'm a '10 with an MLIS, and a very close LGBTQIA classmate passed away recently. The Library of Congress' American Folklife Center would probably love to archive your recordings.

    1. Caitlin Birch

      Very sorry for your loss, Jacky. We appreciate your support of SpeakOut — great to have the encouragement of a fellow MLIS!

  2. Sean OHearn

    #METOO (As it were / so it is / so LET IT BE!) - Bravo & THANKS / This Sounds Interesting & VITAL- we definitely had a few 'incidents' in the early / mid-80's.!!

    Keep Us Posted.

    Sean/SF (Class of 1986) oh, those days.


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