"These stories. They stick with you:" Michigan PBB Oral History Project

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This was accepted Feb. 26, 2020. The conf was cancelled due to Covid in March, but the conf planners asked if we are willing to present at the 2021 conf and we are!<br><br>We recorded our presentations in advance and they were accessible the week of Oct. 9, 2021 and we answered z Q&A session live on Oct. 16, 2021.<br><br>Afterwards we were told "The Emory team plans to share links to our presentations on the Michigan PBB Registry Facebook page and the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force wants to link them to their website."<br><br>Here is the description of my presentation entitled, "Pbb in the Archives: Challenges and Advantages in Building a Manuscript Collection to Support the MI PBB Oral History Project." Marian Matyn will provide an archival perspective on the challenges and advantages of collaborating to collect, process, identify, and make accessible PBB-related manuscript collections supporting this oral history project. Until this collaborative effort, almost none of the collections of Michigan farm families and community members affected by the PBB tragedy in the early 1970s were in archives, resulting in their story being largely forgotten and unavailable to researchers. Archival concerns include: personal privacy issues versus the desire of families to make their stories available for public research, and trust issues and fears their records will be destroyed in the future due to the prior, unanticipated destruction of records tracking the health of farm families. Physical and mental health issues of families, including minors, and bankruptcy cases are documented in the collections. Marian will discuss her research to resolve her professional, ethical concerns about accessibility and retention issues and her efforts to identify PBB-related news footage in the Channel 9 & 10 film collection. Project collaboration has many advantages for the archives, including new donors of collections, archival researchers, collaborators, archives stakeholders, and researchers, new collections, and increased community awareness of archives.<br><br>Here is the link to our4 recorded presentations <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYy4dziR_Fk">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYy4dziR_Fk</a><br><br>Here is the link to my recorded presentation<br><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYy4dziR_Fk&t=3s">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYy4dziR_Fk&t=3s</a><br><br>
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Oct 16 2021
EventMichigan Oral History Association - Lansing
Duration: Oct 1 2021Oct 31 2021


ConferenceMichigan Oral History Association


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