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Oral Histories from Exxon Valdez Oil Spill


The following announcement recently came across my desk at work:


The Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) are proud to announce the completion of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Project Jukebox, available online at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/exxonvaldez, People who visit the site can access oral, visual, and written resources that offer a rich understanding of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

Exxon Valdez tanker leaking oil in Prince William Sound, April 13, 1989. Photo by Charles N. Ehler. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Collection, ARLIS.

This project highlights conversations with 20 people talking about the oil spill, the impact the spill had on their lives and on the environment, the cleanup response, the long-term effects of the spill, and changes in the oil industry monitoring system.

On this 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Project Jukebox has helped preserve stories from people that may not be well-known and have made them accessible to the public. The information discussed in these interviews will be of interest to local residents of Prince William Sound who were impacted by the spill, to Alaskans who want to know more about the event from the people who experienced it, and to people around the world hoping to prevent similar accidents in their coastal waters.

This project was supported by funding from the Alaska State Library, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council.

For more information about this project, please contact:  
Leslie McCartney, Curator of Oral History, University of Alaska Fairbanks

lmccartney@alaska.edu  (907)474-7737

Alicia Zorzetto, Digital Collections Librarian, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council

alicia.zorzetto@pwsrcac.org   (907)277-7222


Here’s a list of the people included in the Jukebox:

  • Gary Bader
  • Joe Banta
  • Robert Benda
  • Tom Copeland
  • John Devens Jr
  • John Devens Sr
  • Jane Eismann
  • Patience Faulkner
  • Katie Gavenus
  • David Janka
  • Marilyn Leland
  • Bob Linville
  • Craig Matkin
  • Riki Ott
  • Roy Robertson
  • Gordon Scott
  • Jerome Selby
  • Rick Steiner
  • Scott Sterling
  • Jonathan Wills

This effort at preserving Alaska’s history was made possible in part with state and federal grant funds and led by libraries. Your taxpayer dollars at work to save the past so it hopefully doesn’t keep getting repeated in the future.

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