PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs recently awarded the Plainfield Public Library a $2,000 History Grant, with an additional $1,000 to be provided as a financial match from the Friends of Plainfield Public Library (FOPPL). 

This grant will help fund the transcription of oral history recordings made by residents recalling the 1967 riots. The transcriptions will provide researchers with searchable access to important primary source material.  Entitled “Plainfield Voices: 1967 Plainfield Uprising,” 25 new oral histories will be recorded by a library volunteer and outsourced to an experienced audio transcription service.

The goal of this project is to enhance the accessibility of the information found in the personal interviews (the audio files) to local historians, students, researchers, and the general public.  The transcriptions will increase the research capacity of the audio files by allowing for name and subject indexing, word and phrase search capability, as well as provide access to the hearing impaired.  This project will create an audio archive with clear transcriptions of residents’ memories of the civic upheaval that took place in Plainfield during July 1967.