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Washington Entrepreneurs Project of Strayer College - Independent Business Owners Oral History Project

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: OHP006

Scope and Contents

From 1979 - 1981, Strayer College in Washington, D.C., conducted interviews with representatives of independent businesses. The project chronicles D.C. area businesspeople and their families. Topics include the founding and development of the business; family involvement in the business (past, present, and future); evaluation of local government, financial, and trade association services; involvement in civic and charitable activities; loyalty to the Washington area; and self-assessment of interviewees' choice to be an independent business owner. Companies selected were at least 30 years old and owner-operated. The Project's director was Richard Voelkel.


  • Creation: 1979 - 1981


Conditions Governing Use

The D.C. Public Library does not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission from Strayer University in Herndon, Virginia to publish or exhibit information. Reproduction of oral Histories without release is not permitted.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1892 as Strayer's Business College in Baltimore, Maryland, the College was established to teach business skills. A second branch of the College was opened in Washington, D.C. in 1904. in 1969, the college received the accreditation needed to grant four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees and was renamed Strayer College. n 1998, Strayer College was granted university status by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission and became Strayer University


3.75 Linear feet

4 Boxes

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Series 1: Transcripts
Materials in this series include transcripts for all interviews.

Series 2: Interviews
Materials in this series include master and patron access copies of the oral histories on audio cassette. There are two copies for all audio recordings.

Custodial History

Strayer College conducted these interviews between 1979 and 1981 and transferred the tapes and transcripts to the Library in 1983. There is no Deed of Gift for this collection, however there is a letter stating that the collection was "donated."

Processing Information

After the initial donation the Library bound the transcripts and they were then arranged them alphabetically by surname and placed in a filing cabinet for patron use. Tapes were duplicated by the Library with the original being placed into off site deep storage, and patrons given access to the use copy. In 2014 the transcripts were un bound as a part of the digitization process. In 2017 the transcripts were reprocessed and placed in new archival folders and boxed. All administrative records, including release documents, were placed into the control files.

Washington Entrepreneurs Project of Strayer College - Independent Business Owners Oral History Project
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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