Harlem history deserves to be documented, preserved, and celebrated, and the New York Public Library started their Community Oral History Project to collect Harlem and surrounding Harlem stories from those who have lived them firsthand. So far, the Library has learned about Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities.
This is a neighborhood oral history project that works to both preserve and document Harlem history through the stories of people who have experienced it. This project will collect oral histories of people who have lived or worked in the surrounding Harlem neighborhood and train community members to conduct these interviews. Both longtime and more recent residents are invited to share their neighborhood stories, documenting Harlem’s past and present history.
For more information about this project, please contact Alexandra Kelly at Outreach Services and Adult Programs, AlexandraKelly@nypl.org or (212) 621-0552.