An African-American woman with grey hair smiles as she looks off-camera towards her interviewer. She is wearing a green sweater and sits in an armchair. Bookshelves fill the wall behind her.
Janice Denton, retired library staff member

In 1994, several Friends of the Library began a project to preserve and make available the oral histories of individuals prominent in the history of Amherst College. Copies of the interviews on DVD are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections, and will be made available through ACDC for the Bicentennial Project. You can read about the interviews on the Library website, and view excerpts as well.

Interviewees include Amherst College staff and faculty members, alumni, and trustees of the College. Notable names are Janice Denton, a African-American library staff member who helped develop the Black Cultural Center Library; Richard Wilbur (Class of 1942), a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet; and Dr. Rose Olver, who was the first woman appointed as a full-time faculty member (1962), and the first to receive tenure (1969). The thirty interviews will be made available in full. The in-depth conversations cover interviewees’ experiences at Amherst and their reflections on the College and its future.

For more information
Related Bicentennial collections