StoryCorps Stories Hit UNO Library

Visitors to the University of New Orleans' Earl K. Long Library can now listen to oral histories recorded by StoryCorps in several Louisiana cities including New Orleans.

StoryCorps visited Louisiana in 2006 and 2010 to record local stories of survival and revival in the years following Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Interview subjects included fishermen, doctors, police officers, waitresses, chefs and many other people from different walks of life. Some of the more well-known subjects are Antoinette K-Doe and Leah Chase.

UNO serves as the StoryCorps community archive and hosts the interviews in order to provide easier access to the communities that made them. Interview audio, logs and associated photographs may be accessed via computers on the UNO campus, but the database information about the interviews may be searched anywhere on the Web. The digital files are hosted by the Louisiana Digital Library, a service of the LOUIS Louisiana Library Network.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is preserved by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

To access UNO's StoryCorps collection, visit http://cdm16313.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16313coll2.