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UGA Russell Library launches First Person Project, new oral history series

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will launch the First Person Project, a new oral history series documenting the experiences of everyday Georgians, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Modeled roughly on StoryCorps, a national initiative partnered with National Public Radio and the Library of Congress, First Person Project is smaller in scale but similar in concept, providing tools to would-be oral history interviewers and interviewees, including tips on how to create questions and conduct interviews.
“The project was inspired by the belief that everyone is an eyewitness to history and that everyone, sometimes with a little encouragement, has a story to tell,” said Craig Breaden, who initiated the program as head of the media and oral history unit in the Russell Library.
Six sets of partners will be accepted for the upcoming First Person Project session. Each audio recording session takes one hour to complete. Photographs also will be taken for each session. Participants will be charged a fee of $10 per group for the session and should meet in room 271. The Russell Library will archive the interviews to add to its documentation of life in post 20th century Georgia and provide participants with a free digital download of the recording and photographs.
Persons wishing to share a story for the First Person Project are encouraged to make reservations, which are on a first-come first-serve basis, by calling 706/542-5788 or registering online at
For more information on this event and other upcoming First Person Project days, call 706/542-5788 or email
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