Oral History Philanthropy Program

J. Murrey Atkins Library introduces LIFE & LEGACY PERSONAL HISTORIES, an oral history philanthropy program to preserve the stories of your friends and family.


Through Atkins’ new Life & Legacy Personal History Philanthropy Program, Atkins Library supports the creation of oral history interviews that capture facts, events, and memories from the perspective of individual Charlotteans and their family members, in their own words and with their own voices. These interviews can be archived by the family for future generations so that descendants can learn about their forebears in a uniquely personal way.

For a donation of $1,500, trained Atkins Library staff, graduate students, or volunteers will conduct a recorded one-hour oral history interview with the donor or a person of the donor’s choosing, and provide personal assistance and guidance in how to preserve the recording for future generations.

Prior to conducting the oral history interview, the interviewer will work directly with the participant regarding the focus of the oral history and topics to be covered. The interviewer will suggest interview questions that are tailored to each participant. Participants are encouraged to provide questions and/or topics for the oral history interview.

The interview will be recorded with high-quality sound recording equipment. Donors and interviewees will receive their own digital copies of the completed oral history interview with instructions on how to preserve it for future generations. Interviewees will retain copyright in the recordings.

Donations support the oral history program of J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte and are tax deductible as allowed by law. The estimated value of the oral history provided by the J. Murrey Atkins Library in exchange for your gift is $200. Under current tax laws, only the amount of your contribution that exceeds the amount of the goods/services provided to you is tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Donors are encouraged to consult with their legal, tax, and financial advisors prior to making a donation.

For more information on the Life & Legacy Personal Histories Philanthropy Program,
contact Todd Marrs at 704-687-5957 or dmarrs@uncc.edu