The George J. Mitchell Oral History Project has received the Oral History Association’s top prize for an outstanding oral history project. The association’s biennial Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award was presented to Bowdoin College at the OHA’s annual meeting in Cleveland October 13.
Present to receive the award were project director Andrea L’Hommedieu and Richard Lindemann, director of Special Collections & Archives at Bowdoin College Library. In making the award, the association was particularly impressed by the project’s overall goals, its adherence to best practices, the design and infrastructure of the website, and its collaboration and partnership with Sen. George J. Mitchell ’54.
Over a span of four years, the project recorded more than 200 interviews revealing recollections and personal impressions about Sen. Mitchell and his lifelong career of public service.
As a collection, these interviews contribute significantly toward documenting American social and political history, as well as international affairs, from the late 20th century to the present.
In November 2011, the Bowdoin College Library launched the project website, which provides free and open access to abstracts, transcripts and the actual sound recordings for online viewing, listening and downloading.