Virginia Tech

Oral history project captures W&M's story

“Oral history, I learned, is one of the purest and most authentic forms of historical documentation that exists, and offers opportunity for relationship building, ownership of one’s story and, in some cases, catharsis for the storyteller, “ said Carmen Bolt, oral historian for the College of William and Mary Libraries, in an interview with the Gazette.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, she was hired to fill a newly created position at the college, funded entirely through private support. According to a Swem Library news release, “Over the next two years, W&M will celebrate two landmark events that shaped the institution we know today: the 50th anniversary of African-Americans in...