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The New York Public Library Community Oral History Project

The New York Public Library's Community Oral History Project is an initiative taking place at NYPL branches that aims to document, preserve, and celebrate the rich history of the city's unique communities by collecting the stories of people who have experienced it firsthand.

To find out when NYPL's Community Oral History Project will be coming to your community, learn how to get involved, or share your story, please contact oralhistory@nypl.org.



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