To commemorate its 150th anniversary in 2013, UMass Amherst authorized an oral history project to record and preserve our unwritten recent history. Coordinated by the Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives and under the guidance of a committee drawn from long-time members of the faculty and staff, the project set the goal of recording 150 interviews representing a broad cross-section of the university committee, including administrators and faculty, alumni, students, staff, and members of the local community.
The 150 interviews that comprise the Sesquicentennial Oral History Project are organized into seven series: Academics, Administration, Alumni and students, the Libraries, Marching Band, Staff, and University Press. Interviews range in length from roughly half an hour to over three hours: all are available in audio format with some also available in video.
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries