About this collection
Skidmore's Oral History Project was initiated by Dr. Joanna Zangrando in 1981. Dr. Zangrando's aim was to record the history of Skidmore College, from its early days as the Young Women's Industrial Club through its evolution into a co-educational liberal arts college, not just as a series of events, but as a story of shared experience. The interviews, which were recorded throughout the 1980's, document the experiences and perceptions of a cross-section of the Skidmore community. Interviews with alumni, professors, administrators, staff, and trustees touch on a broad range of topics, including recollections of Skidmore's founder, Lucy Scribner, student involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and the transition to a co-educational institution. Originally recorded on cassette tape, the interviews found on this site were digitized by the Lucy Scribner Library as part of an ongoing effort to make the history of the college stored in archival collections more accessible.
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Mary Elizabeth Larsen with Lucy Scribner, founder of Skidmore College