We are pleased to announce that oral history videos from the Lest We Forget Collection (MS-396), documenting the stories of individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, have recently been digitized and are now freely available online, anytime, through the Wright State University Campus Online Repository, CORE Scholar.
Lest We Forget was a film and audio project that captured personal and historical reflections and remembrances of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, their families, their advocates, and their communities who lived during the decades of statewide institutionalization and subsequent deinstitutionalization in Ohio. The goals of the project were to collect oral, video, and written histories of the personal stories of people with mental retardation who lived in a state institution for any period of time. The project also collected the stories of their family members, professionals who worked in the institutions and advocates who worked toward social and legislative change.
For a complete listing of the contents of the Lest We Forget Collection, please view the collection’s finding aid (PDF).
This digital project has been a collaborative effort between the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the University Libraries’ Digital Services Department, which provided the digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of digital content to CORE Scholar.
Please visit the Special Collections & Archives’ CORE Scholar page to browse additional digital collections.