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Oral History / Public History / Archives consultant
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oral history, public history, public humanities, feminisms, women, gender, queer, sexuality, critical race, racial justice, whiteness, mixed heritage, neurodiversity
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I have professional headshots but this snapshot is more representative of me now, quarantined, in zoom meetings

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About Me

Sady Sullivan is an oral historian with over a decade’s experience building community-engaging public humanities projects; including revitalizing interest in legacy oral history collections, and establishing digital strategies for oral history as an outreach tools for libraries, archives, museums, and movement building. As Director of Oral History at Brooklyn Historical Society (2006-2014), Sady created Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an award-winning oral history project, racial justice dialogue series, and digital humanities site exploring mixed-heritage identity. Sady’s oral history interviews are used as primary sources for K-12 curricula, walking tours, podcasts, books, including Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, and public history exhibitions at Brooklyn Historical Society, New-York Historical Society, El Museo del Barrio, and Brooklyn Navy Yard BLDG92. She is an active member of the Oral History Association, most recently serving on a task force reviewing the guidelines and principles for the ethical practice of oral history. Sady is currently pursuing a certificate in Deep Listening, studying sound healing, and exploring ways to bring more sound and movement to her oral history work.

Recent Publications

If You’re Thinking about Starting an Oral History Project The City Amplified: ORAL HISTORIES AND RADICAL ARCHIVES

This is a collection of ten commissioned essays that reflects the creative and intellectual energy of the working group of the same name. We met as part of the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, hosted by The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The City Amplified Working Group, a collective of oral historians, artists, archivists, and scholars engaged across (primarily) New York City on projects that deeply honored and valued community engagement and the public humanities.

“Public Homeplaces: Collaboration and Care in Oral History Project Design,” in Beyond Women’s Words: Feminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century 

Katrina Srigley, Stacey Zembrzycki, and Franca Iacovetta, eds., London: Routledge, 2018

In this chapter I write about the influence of feminist relational-cultural psychology in designing the oral history / public history project Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (at Brooklyn Historical Society).

Digital Humanities site is archived here:

Oral History collection is available for listening here:

Curriculum is available here:

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
6, 7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Urban History, Women, World War II