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Creating and Teaching Real World History Oral History Project

 Collection — external hard drive: DIG_00029
Identifier: 198

Content Description

Creating and Teaching Real World History is a companion project to the Center for Inspired Teaching 'Real World History' Oral History Project. This project includes interviews with Cosby Hunt, creator of the Real World History program, Caitlin Wolf, co-teacher of Real World History from 2015-2017, and Ms. Edith Crutchfield, a long-time D.C. resident who moved to Washington, D.C., from Culpeper, Virginia, in 1953. Ms. Crutchfield first became involved with Real World History when she collaborated on an oral history project with a student in the fall of 2018. Ms. Edith’s interview from Real World History can be found in the Center for Inspired Teaching 'Real World History' Oral History Project. The interviews in this collection take a life history approach in which the interviewees discuss some of their life experiences beginning with their early life. Over the course of several interviews, Mr. Hunt discusses his upbringing in Washington, his career as a high school history teacher, and the development of the Real World History program; Ms. Wolf discusses her upbringing and education in New England, how she came to work for Center for Inspired Teaching in May of 2015, and the two years she spent co-teaching Real World History with Mr. Hunt; Ms. Edith discusses her upbringing in Culpeper, her move to Washington in 1953, and her life and career in the District.


  • Creation: 1931-2021, undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 2020-10 - 2021-03


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Conditions Governing Use

DC Public Library holds copyright for all of the Creating and Teaching Real World History.

Biographical / Historical

Max Peterson is an oral historian who has co-taught Real World History with Cosby Hunt since 2017. The interviews in the “Creating and Teaching Real World History” collection were conducted as part of Mr. Peterson’s thesis project for Columbia University's Oral History Master of Arts program. The full thesis, “Real World History: Intergenerational Learning and Student Oral Histories of the Great Migration,” can be assessed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons:


54.7 Gigabytes (DIG_00029)

94 Files (DIG_00029)


Interviews are group into two series:
Series 1: Cosby Hunt
Series 2: Edith Crutchield

Custodial History

Max Peterson donated the collection to DC Public Library in 2020.

Related Materials

Collection 194: Center for Inspired Teaching 'Real World History' Oral History Project

Processing Information

The collection recieved minimal procesing. Files were renamed to adhere to DCPL naming conventions.

Creating and Teaching Real World History
An inventory of Creating and Teaching Real World History at DC Public Library
Laura Farley
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Repository Details

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

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