Creating Finding Aids
After 19 years and hundreds of interviews, we’ve exhausted all our creative scrounging strategies that have kept us from having to ask for your donations very often! Our goal is to raise $20,000, with all the money to go directly towards transcribing expenses. Transcriptions continues to be our biggest single expense –– we have had some transcriptions done by volunteers, but we have more than they can handle.
MOST EXCELLENT NEWS –– We've had two women step forward and say they EACH would match up to $5000… That means each $100 you donate will magically turn into $300. We'd love to use up both of those matches, and maybe generate another one…
For now, we're opting not to use a crowdfunding campaign via a website such as GoFundMe, or Razoo. They're great, but if we can avoid giving them a slice of the pie, we can use that money to pay for a few more transcriptions.
Here are a few easy, cost effective ways to donate:
Send us a check…
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To make all of the wealth of information contained in the hundreds of interviews we’ve conducted, we’re tackling the job of creating a finding aid for each herstory. Finding aids are created to provide a detailed description of what is in a collection that is being archived. Smith College has one for the OLOHP. We’re taking this process one step further and creating a similar document for each interview we’ve conducted.
This work can all be done via email and/or snail mail… you don't need to live anywhere near us! Transcripts that we are indexing range for 20 to 100+ pages and are the stories of women from all walks of life, with ages ranging from 70 to 90+.
If you think you’d like to be involved in this phase of the Project, please email Margaret: email@example.com, and she’ll get you what you’ll need.
If indexing doesn’t appeal to you and you’d rather help in a different way, we’re also working to create an abstract (a short summary) for each woman’s herstory as well. You can find examples of those on our website – look on the page of Profiles.
As with the finding aid, reach out to Margaret (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to have a go at crafting a few abstracts.
This work can all be done via email and/or snail mail… you don't need to live anywhere near us!