In the late 1990’s, the Krueger-Scott Cultural Center undertook an ambitious oral history project that conducted over 100 interviews with African American Newarkers who had migrated to the city between 1910-1970, as well as those whose local roots spanned generations. The project—led by KSCC Director Catherine Lenix-Hooker and project coordinator Mageline Little, with the assistance of historians Giles R. Wright II, Clement Alexander Price and the collective wisdom of volunteers from Bethany Baptist Church—generated a collection of narratives that offer a rich, nuanced understanding of Newark’s history.
Interviewees responded to a detailed 14-page questionnaire focusing on local life in Newark as well as on the migration experiences of those who undertook the journey and the lives they made for themselves upon arrival. Citizen volunteers were trained to interview their peers, resulting in narratives both data rich and conversational, allowing the listener an opportunity to eavesdrop on history by listening to those who made it.
Through the efforts of the Rutgers University-Newark Center for Migration and the Global City —in partnership with the Graduate Program in American Studies, Dana and Alexander Libraries, Newark Public Library, Newark Museum, New Jersey Historical Society and Randforce Associates—the digital indexing, cataloging and online archiving of the Krueger-Scott Collection will enable us all to better situate Newark and New Jersey history in both community and national narratives of the African American migration, civil rights struggles, and urban history.
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Krista White is the Digital Humanities Librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library. As the Project Manager for Digital and Humanities and Digital Library Services for the Krueger Scott African-American Oral History Project, she coordinated and managed efforts with the Rutgers University Libraries at all stages, working closely with Project Manager Samantha Boardman and CMGC Director Tim Raphael. White oversaw the digital file stewardship efforts of the Krueger-Scott collection, verifying compliance with national preservation standards. She worked to identify, develop and normalize collection metadata according to Library of Congress and METS standards, assisting with metadata cleanup and portal implementation quality control testing.
Randforce is led by Michael Frisch, Principal, Professor of American Studies and History/ Senior Research Scholar at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Dr. Frisch established Randforce in the University at Buffalo's Technology Incubator to advance oral history scholarship and public practice in the digital age. Michael is past President of the Oral History Association and the American Studies Association, and a former editor of the Oral History Review.
He is joined by Douglas Lambert, Director of Technology, with a background in engineering and information cartography, and Judith Weiland, Director of Operations, with expertise in institutional projects, local history, media production, and technology. Melanie Morse, whose background is in education and video production, and Arnold Alt, editor and performing artist, are Associates.
Founding Director, Center for Migration and the Global City
Founding Director, Newest Americans