First-generation college students have a profound impact both inside and outside the classroom on the strategic goals of universities, yet in-depth, firsthand information about their experiences are difficult for researchers and university administrators to find. Oral histories are a data-rich method of collecting narratives that legitimize the perspectives of underrepresented communities whose stories are often absent from the written record. This article provides a brief overview of first-generation populations, a review of literature relating to the increasing involvement of libraries and archives in capturing and preserving the stories of underdocumented communities in the twenty-first century, and shares three case studies of first-generation initiatives at public universities in California, Colorado, and Nebraska.
College & Research Libraries
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University of Northern Colorado
Graham, Blake; Baldivia, Stefani; Cuthbertson, William; Leon, Kendall; Monson, Jane; and Trask, Jay, "Collecting First-Generation Voices in Academic Libraries and Archives" (2021). University Libraries Faculty Publications and Presentations. 126.