About the archive

The Working Waterfront Festival has recorded eleven years of community oral histories and every session from every stage of the Festival itself.  This collection of audio recordings, along with photographs taken at every festival, and shared by community members, are the Working Waterfront Festival’s archive.  The stories in this web exhibition are all drawn from that archive.

You can read transcripts of the entire oral history collection online, thanks to the festival’s partnership with NOAA’s Voices from the Fisheries project, which has collected stories from fishing communities around the country.  Some excerpts from the oral histories, originally produced as podcasts, are on this website.

The Narrative Stage recordings that are featured here are not yet available in full online, but you can contact the Working Waterfront Festival if you’d like to hear more.  A list and summaries of every recording in the Narrative Stage collection is here.  You can search by keyword, or look for a specific narrator you’d like to hear from.


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