SpeakOut: Volunteer to Participate

We are inviting you to participate in the SpeakOut project, which I hope that you have learned about in my recent emails and Facebook posts. Please read the invitation from the wonderful Caitlin Birch below, our partner at Rauner Special Collections Library.

To begin the volunteer process, please visit: goo.gl/forms/mVmhvuiBQ24lymVW2

For more information on the project background, see this post.

Brendan Connell, Jr. ’87
President of DGALA

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Dear DGALA member:

Years ago, DGALA leaders brought a wonderful idea to the staff at Rauner Special Collections Library. The idea — a series of recorded conversations between DGALA members to capture for posterity your memories and lived experiences — has grown in time and morphed into an exciting oral history project called SpeakOut. Through SpeakOut, current Dartmouth students spend a term examining Dartmouth’s past and learning the methodology of oral history. At the end of their training, they begin working as interviewers with the goal of recording and preserving the history of Dartmouth’s LGBTQIA+ community.

I’m writing to you today to invite your participation in SpeakOut. Yours are the stories our students are seeking, the stories that will bring this project to life. If you would be interested in sitting down with a student interviewer, whether in-person or by phone, and sharing your memories and perspectives as a member of Dartmouth’s LGBTQIA+ community, I encourage you to take the first step and submit a volunteer form. Your completed SpeakOut interview will become part of the Dartmouth College Archives at Rauner Library, where it will add immeasurably to our understanding of Dartmouth’s complex history and serve as a resource to current and future generations of students and researchers.

To begin the volunteer process, please visit goo.gl/forms/mVmhvuiBQ24lymVW2. If you have questions about volunteering or SpeakOut more generally, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

With thanks,

Caitlin Birch, MA, MSLIS
Digital Collections and Oral History Archivist
Rauner Special Collections Library
Dartmouth College
caitlin.birch@dartmouth.edu