We are fortunate enough to have a number of oral history collections within our holdings and are expanding our collection of interviews each year. Several were undertaken as a part of larger community projects. A sampling of our oral histories is available online. Those not available online are listed in PDF format. More audio and/or transcripts will be added throughout 2019.
Please note the Bridgeport History Center may not have appropriate audio playback devices, depending on the format of the oral history!
Afro-American Educators Association: Oral History Project
From 1982-1983, Bridgeport’s Afro-American Educators’ Association conducted interviews with black residents of Bridgeport as part of a project funded by the Connecticut Humanities Council. The project aims to examine the social and economic impacts on Bridgeport’s African-American residents during World War I, the Depression, World War II, and the 1960s. Please click here to see the available oral histories!
Bridgeport Working: Voices from the Twentieth Century
The ”Bridgeport Working: Voices from the Twentieth Century” was the concept of former BHC Department Head, Mary K. Witkowski. As Director of the History Center, Witkowski understood the important role that labor has played in Bridgeport’s history. Witkowski wanted to create a website that would provide researchers with valuable information on the City’s varied economy and the diverse group of citizens who have driven it. The site’s oral histories link individuals with historic events and trends and give voice to the people who actually witnessed and participated in them. Please click here to see the dedicated website! [this site is undergoing a major reconfiguration in the winter/spring of 2019]
Bridgeport Working: selected interviews with full audio and chapter transcripts
A selection of interviews taken from the “Bridgeport Working” labor history site with complete audio and transcripts divided by subject and chapter for easy access to specific topics.