The Binghamton University Libraries’ Center for the Study of the 1960s promotes excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching about the United States during the “long” 1960s (1960-1975). It focuses on and supports programs in the social, cultural, and political history of the United States in this same period, a period of unique significance in this nation’s history particularly with respect to social justice movements. With special emphasis on the University and the Binghamton/Southern Tier region, the Center’s focus is building collections in multiple formats to demonstrate the relevance of the 1960s now and in the future. The Center also works to harvest and organize research quality content currently available on the open web.

Mission

Binghamton University Libraries Center for the Study of the 1960s presents exceptionally well-curated content and uses personal narratives as one of the ways in which it communicates with its audience. The Center deploys technology adroitly in service to connect with people, and strives to demonstrate the relevance of its subject matter for today and into the future. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Center endeavors to be self-sustaining.

About the Center

The Center for the Study of the 1960s promotes excellence in research, scholarship, teaching and programs in the social, cultural and political history of the United States during the 1960s. The focus of the Center is research and scholarship, which it collects, organizes, disseminates, and generates in collaboration with faculty and students at the University and beyond. The Center offers a unique focus on the Southern Tier Region during the long 1960s. Aided by a Local History collection within the Libraries’ Special Collections, the Center offers innovative programming and exhibits.

Future plans

All oral interviews digitally displayed on the Center for the Study of the 1960s website will be converted from audio tape to MP3 and then transcribed for compliance with digitally readable software by Libraries’ faculty and staff. Interviews that include unique or rare information on nationally recognized figures, events and groups will be manually linked to corresponding Wikipedia pages as a means to increase discoverability for researchers.

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