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Capital Children's Museum - "Changing Communication in the Family" Oral History Project

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: OHP007

Scope and Contents

in 1983, the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, D.C., conducted approximately 39 oral history interviews with adults over 60 years of age. The project focused om the childhood experiences of the interviewees. Topics also includes general life experiences and historical milestones. The project's director was Tom Lane and adolescents conducted the interviews.


  • Creation: 1983

Conditions Governing Use

The D.C. Public Library does not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission from the National Children's Museum to publish or exhibit information. Reproduction of oral Histories without release is not permitted.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1974 it was first located at 220 H Street, NE and was designated by Congress in 2003 as the only national museum dedicated entirely to children and their families. For many years the museum operated as a "museum without walls," forging partnerships with organizations and participating in community events, educational outreach programs and traveling exhibits. In 2019 the Museum relocated to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Federal Triangle.


3.25 Linear feet

3 Boxes

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Series 1: Indexes
Materials in this series include indexes for most 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 except 07-04.

Custodial History

The Capital Children's Museum conducted these interviews in 1983 and donated the tapes and indexes to the Library. There is no deed of gift for this collection.

Processing Information

After the initial donation to the Library the indexes were foldered and placed into 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 indexes were digitized. Following digitization the collection was reprocessed and indexes were placed in new folders and boxed. All administrative documents, including releases, were placed into the control file.

Capital Children's Museum - "Changing Communication in the Family" Oral History Project
An inventory of the Capital Children's Museum - "Changing Communication in the Family" Oral History Project at DC Public Library
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Repository Details

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

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