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If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please contact us! We are actively seeking materials to add to the OSU Disability Archives collection and we would love to hear from you!
There are three primary ways that you can contribute to the DisArchives:
The Special Collections and Archival Research Center (SCARC) is interested in working with students and local community members to gather materials related to disability histories in Corvallis and OSU. For example, SCARC looks for items that document:
Here is more information about contributing materials to SCARC.
Examples of Archival Records
Examples of non-Archival Records
Community members can also contribute to the DisArchives by participating in and/or facilitating oral history interviews and story circles.
Oral history is a way of collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of individuals and communities. Oral history collection often takes the form of semi-structured, one-on-one interviews. The Oral History Association describes oral history as "an embodied practice: as memory transmitted from one body to another."
Story circles are a form of collective storytelling in which a group of people gathers to share stories about a particular theme or topic. For instance, a story circle for the DisArchives might focus on sharing stories about disabled identities or activism.
Please see our guide on Oral History Interviewing Methods & Project Management for more detailed information.