The Moakley Archive collects oral history interviews that capture observations and opinions regarding key events, people, and themes that complement the university’s research collections.

 The Archive maintains two collections of interviews: the Suffolk University Oral History Project and the Moakley Archive Oral History Project.

Visit the Moakley Archive and Institute Digital Collections for access to interview recordings and transcripts.

  • Suffolk University Oral History Project

    The Suffolk University Oral History Project is a collection of interviews of University faculty, staff and alumni that provide a more personal look at the history of the University and the individuals who have helped shape Suffolk into the University it is today. Interviewees include University founder Gleason Leonard Archer, long-time staff and faculty members--such as Dottie "Mac" McNamara and Patricia "Pat" Brown-- alumni, and faculty panel discussions.

    Access Suffolk University Oral History Interview recordings and transcripts.

  • Moakley Archive Oral History Project

    The Moakley Archive Oral History Project is a collection of interviews that highlight key events and issues related to Congressman John Joseph Moakley's life and career. By collecting audio- and videotaped interviews with family, friends, staff, colleagues, political opponents, political leaders and his constituents the Project preserves valuable information and observations that may not be a part of the Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers.

    Access interview recordings and transcripts.

  • Collecting Policy

    The Suffolk University Oral History project's goal is to collect oral histories that document and preserve the history of the university and its community, using the following criteria:

    • valuable information and observations that may not be a part of the paper, photographic, and audio/video archival collections;
    • a record creator’s statement of the genesis and growth of their archival collection;
    • historical recordings of interviews with creators and persons related to archival and special collection;
    • interviews with eyewitnesses to, participants in or citizens affected by historical events represented in the archival collections.