Telling [True] Stories with Primary Sources from the Archives

This clip of Rollins grads, Jack and Priscilla Northrup (’49), is far from a complete oral history. However, it is a creative example of how primary sources from the archives can help tell the story of interviewees in a powerful way. In this case, historic photos, yearbooks, and an old report card become meaningful artifacts of unique experiences recalled by this lovable duo.

Have you thought about using materials from the archives as a tool in your own oral history work?

If so, what types of sources could help to tell the stories of your oral history subjects?


Ask An Archivist

Do you have questions about oral history archives, online resources, or best practices? Great! The [True] Stories archivists and information professionals can help.

So, Ask Us Anything by posting your question under the “Ask An Archivist” category. We’ll respond as quickly and thoroughly as possible.


[If you’d rather your questions be asked and answered privately, email the [True] Stories PI, Rachel Walton (, and she will either answer your question or get you in touch with an archivist or librarian who can.]

“In Conversation: The Zora Neale Hurston I Remember”

Rollins College Archives and Special Collections was honored to be a sponsor of the 27th Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts in Winter Park, Florida!

Stay tuned for a special  recording of “In Conversation: The Zora Neale Hurston I Remember”: An Interview with Mrs. Ella Johnson Dinkins (daughter of Hurston’s Eatonville friend, Addie G. Johnson), Dr. Clifford Hurston Jr. (Hurston’s Nephew), and Mrs.Vivian Hurston Bowden (Hurston’s Niece). The conversation, led by Dr. Ben Brotemarkle of the Florida Historical Society, enjoyed a a large and captive audience.