Collection ID: A2021-0001

Collection context


Hudson Area Association Library
The HAL Oral History Project collection consists of CDs and digital files of oral histories conducted with residents of the City of Hudson, N.Y from 2013 to present, images of the interviewees, and supporting documentation of the project.
1.5 Linear feet
Preferred citation:

The Hudson Area Library (HAL) Oral History Project collection, Hudson Area Library History Room, Hudson N.Y.


Scope and Content:

The HAL Oral History Project collection consists of digital summaries and audio recordings conducted by various individuals with residents of the City of Hudson, N.Y from April 2013 to The interviewees were Dorothy and Ralph Avery; Leo Bower; John Brodowski; Carmine Ciancetta; Rich Conaty; Joseph D’Onofrio; Mary Hallenbeck; Norma Hart; Suzanna Koski-Cincotti; Arthur Koweek; Kathryn McDonald; Hazel Murray; Nguyen Tasha; Carolyn Russo; Art Smith; Viola Williams. In order to build a profile of social and community life for people growing up, coming into or living in the city, interview topics covered included education, religion, family life, community relations, pre-immigration experiences, WWII, neighborhood living conditions, and memories of Hudson Armory.

Biographical / Historical:

This oral history project was a broad based program undertaken to collect oral histories that would reflect and add to the library’s local history resources. The audio portion of the collection contains interviews of people from the greater Hudson area collected by participants in the library’s 2013 oral history workshop offered in collaboration with Oral History Summer School (OHSS), as well as by OHSS staff and alum contracted by the library to collect life stories of community members. Oral histories continue to be collected both by the Hudson Area Library staff.

The interviews were conducted by Melinda Braathen, John Craig, Jenny Goldberg, Inge Lincoln, Alanna Medlock, Maija Reed, Suzanne Snider, Katharine Umsted, and Robyn Waters.

Acquisition information:
Materials are the property of the Hudson Area Library. The oral histories were created by participants in an oral history workshop with Oral History Summer School led by Founder and Director Suzanne Snider, with assistance from Melinda Braathen. Contract and volunteer community members collected oral histories on the library's behalf.
Custodial history:

Processing information:

The collection was processed by members of the History Room Committee and library staff.


This collection has two series. Series 1 includes administrative files and Series 2 contains audio oral history materials. The interviews are organized in alphabetical order by the interviewees last name.


New materials will be added to the collection as oral histories are produced under the direction of the library’s Director and History Room Coordinator.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: a Content Standard



The collection is open to research.


Copyright of this material lies with the Hudson Area Library. For permission to reproduce or publish contact the library: 518-828-1792 Ext. 100 or


The Hudson Area Library (HAL) Oral History Project collection, Hudson Area Library History Room, Hudson N.Y.

51 N. 5th Street
Hudson, NY 12534, United States