The collection includes oral history recordings conducted by Prof. Norman Carson and students of his Oral History courses. Professor Norman Carson (1931-) was an instructor of History at Fitchburg State College from 1964-1990. In the early 1970s, he developed an oral history course that included student interviews of local residents regarding specific historical topics. The course was offered from 1972-1976. During that time, Prof. Carson and his students captured more than 180 oral history interviews, including the only recorded interviews with early alumni of the Fitchburg Normal School. The recordings document the experiences of Fitchburg Normal School and Fitchburg State Teachers College alumni and faculty and Fitchburg area residents on topics including immigration, war veterans experience, living through the Depression, Black migration to the North, labor history and growing up in Fitchburg. Please access the full finding aid for the Carson Collection of Oral History for the full list of interviews.
Providing preservation and access to these recordings have been accomplished with the support of an Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio award in 2013 and a Ruth Butler grant award in 2014 and will be ongoing. These awards provide for the migration and preservation of the original audio-cassette recordings to digital format. Audio preservation and digital migration have been completed by Mass Productions and the the digital collection has been created by project archivist, Nichole Shea, under the supervision of Special Collections Librarian, Kate Wells.