The VFA Oral History Project
The mission of the Veteran Feminists of America is to honor, record and preserve the history of the women’s movement. To achieve this, VFA has launched a project to preserve the stories of Second Wave feminist activists from 1963 to 1982.
The VFA Oral History Project is capturing the first-person stories of activists who impacted all areas of American life and society throughout the U.S. That’s where you come in.
If you were a Second Wave activist who changed America, we want to record your story. Here are some options:
- Ask someone who knows about your experiences to interview you. It could be videotaped (even using a smartphone) or recorded via audio. Ideally the sound is good quality.
- We prefer your interview in a digital format. When it’s done, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, copying email@example.com. We will then let you know where to send it so it can be uploaded. If it is in a physical format (such as tape or film), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps.
- We can interview you via telephone. If you would like to be interviewed over the phone, please email us at email@example.com. Please provide a short description of your activism along with your contact information. We will be in touch with you.
- If you already have a recording of your own story, we would like to have a copy of that interview to add to our archive.
- If the interview is in a digital format, please let us know about it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, copying email@example.com. We will then let you know where to send it so it can be uploaded. If it is in a physical format (such as tape or film), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps.
If you know of other Second Wave feminists whose story has not been told, please provide the name, contact information and a few sentences about the person to email@example.com.
Here is a list of questions to guide you through your interview:
- Where were you active in the women’s movement?
- What years?
- How did you get involved?
- What was your involvement? What organization, if any? What was your role(s)?
- What issues were of greatest concern to you?
- What were your major accomplishments?
- What is your most memorable and important experience?
- How has your involvement in the movement affected your later life (personally and professionally)?
This is an incredibly important project, and we need your participation. Only those of us who were active in the movement can tell our own stories. It’s more important than ever that we record and collect our stories now.
Thanks much for your willingness to participate. Please let us know if you plan to by emailing VFA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact either of us.
VFA Oral History Project Co-Chairs
Mary Jean Collins, email@example.com
Kathy Rand, firstname.lastname@example.org