Collection Number: 70096

Collection Title: UNC Story Archive, 2021

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Size 62 recordings
Abstract This collection contains recorded interviews, transcripts, and other related material from the UNC Story Archive project. Initiated in 2020, The UNC Story Archive is a collection of short, conversational recordings that document the voices and experiences of historically under-represented, misrepresented, or silenced narratives from people affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stories are recorded in collaboration with student and alumni groups and document a wide range of experiences including those of LGBTQIA+ students and staff, first generation college students, and life during COVID-19 pandemic.
Creator UNC Story Archive
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the UNC Story Archive #70096, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
In 2020, University Archives began collecting recordings for the UNC Story Archive. New recordings are added to this collection on a periodic basis, including: Acc. 20210219.2 (February 2021).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Initiated in 2020, the UNC Story Archive is a collection of short, conversational recordings that document the voices and experiences of historically under-represented narratives as part of a larger effort to preserve a full record of campus history in the Wilson Special Collections Library. Stories are recorded in collaboration with student and alumni groups. The "Story of Us" recordings were developed in collaboration with the Carolina Pride Alumni Network, which provided financial support for the project.

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This collection contains recorded interviews, transcripts, and other related materials such as photographs from the UNC Story Archive project. Stories are recorded in collaboration with student and alumni groups and document a wide range of experiences including those of LGBTQIA+ students and staff, first generation college students, and life during COVID-19 pandemic.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Carolina Pride Alumni Network "Story of Us" Recordings, 2021

The "Story of Us" is a collection of recorded stories about the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ Carolina alumni. This collection of audio recordings sheds a light on more than five decades of the rich history of the Carolina LGBTQIA+ community in the words of those who lived it. The "Story of Us" was developed in collaboration with the Carolina Pride Alumni Network, which has provided financial support for the project.

Digital Folder DF-70096/4

Bar Am, Maia, 2021 #70096, Series: "1. Carolina Pride Alumni Network "Story of Us" Recordings, 2021" DF-70096/4

During a remote recording session, Maia Bar Am (class of 2001), a varsity fencer at UNC, describes the sense of family she found in UNC’s fencing team. Bar Am found support and acceptance when she came out during her sophomore year and became more involved with B-GLAD. She also found support from her fencing teammates and coach when, during her junior year, Bar Am became seriously depressed and spent time in student health and the crisis clinic. Reflecting on this time, Bar Am notes that "my UNC friends truly became family and I know I would not be who I am today without them."

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Digital Folder DF-70096/1

Bulger, Sarah, 2021 #70096, Series: "2. UNC Story Archive Recordings, 2021" DF-70096/1

During a remote recording session, Sarah Bulger (MSLS class of 2022) describes the challenges of being a first-generation graduate student during COVID-19. The pandemic forced Bulger to navigate job loss and a lack of connection that she said, "left me really lost and confused." Bulger knows that she and others in her cohort "have become a part of a new generation of Tar Heel community."

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Jeffers, Meredith, 2021 #70096, Series: "2. UNC Story Archive Recordings, 2021" DF-70096/2

During a remote recording session, Meredith Jeffers (MSLS class of 2022) describes the challenge of making the choice to begin a graduate program during COVID-19. The pandemic is making it a challenge for Jeffers to connect with her cohort and left her wondering if "fully committing to being a full-time student" was the right choice. Jeffers acknowledges that she and others are "just sort of stumbling our way through this" and she is "trying to have hope and faith that it is the right thing."

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Ruvidich, Allison, 2021 #70096, Series: "2. UNC Story Archive Recordings, 2021" DF-70096/3

During a remote recording session, Allison Ruvidich (Class of 2020, MSLS class of 2022) describes the experience of being an undergrad student at UNC who had a "non-traditional educational background." Ruvidich describes how the Classics department became the community "I had really hoped for when I came to college," the fall of Silent Sam, and the uncertainty of never returning to campus after spring break 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ruvidich hopes that that the UNC community will "continue to strengthen those bonds because that really is how we build our UNC."

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jessica Venlet and Cassie Tanks, March 2021

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, March 2021

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