We seek to not only witness the change taking place all around us, but also to record and preserve the history of our neighborhoods before that history is forgotten.
Call for Brooklyn's Covid-19 Stories
In an unprecedented time of stress and resilience, many Brooklynites are at the front lines of responding to the coronavirus crisis, and many more are encountering a new normal, as we adjust to changing work, education, housing, and even access to basic amenities.
That’s why Brooklyn Public Library is calling for submissions to its local oral history archive, Our Streets, Our Stories. At this moment in time, we have an opportunity to collect testimonies and memories of the crisis as it is unfolding so that future Brooklynites can understand the pandemic at a local level. If you are a healthcare worker, a teacher, a student, a parent, a community member, a first responder, an essential worker, a senior, or if you are incarcerated or have a loved one who is incarcerated, we want to hear from you. If you are a Brooklynite, this story is your story.
How it works: To contribute your story, or to suggest a community member for an interview, email [email protected] or call (917) 426-1271 and let us know the best way to reach you. A member of BPL staff will set up a time with you to do a remote interview. All you will need is a phone number or a laptop with internet connection. Interviews can last a few minutes or up to an hour, depending on your interest and availability. After it is cataloged by our librarians, your story will be available online, and archived in our permanent collection under a Creative Commons license.
To read the full release form, click here.
Thank you for taking part in this community history project. Your stories are so important to us.
Our Streets, Our Stories
Our Streets, Our Stories is a project of Brooklyn Public Library's Department of Outreach Services that seeks to explore the Brooklyn that is and was, from the words of the community that lives here. Our hope is to create neighborhood-specific history archives based around interviews with Brooklyn residents. We seek to not only witness the change taking place all around us, but also to record and preserve the history of our neighborhoods before that history is forgotten.
Our Streets, Our Stories was a nominee for the 2016 Guides Association of New York City Apple Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word).
To search BPL's digital collection for documents relating to these oral histories, or to download audio files of individual interviews, visit our catalog. You can also explore our oral histories on SoundCloud, Tumblr, or click below to listen to some of our highlighted collections.
Reflections from 1619
Greenpoint Environmental History Project