Oral history of Exxon Valdez now complete and online

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

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

The council recently partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Oral History Program to create an online oral history of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Visitors to the Project Jukebox website can access video, audio, and written resources that offer a rich understanding of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

The stories of twenty people who experienced the spill firsthand have been recorded talking about 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 since 1989.

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Project Jukebox is helping preserve stories from people that may not be previously well-known and have made them accessible to the public.

These interviews will be of interest to residents of Prince William Sound who were impacted by the spill, those who want to know more about the Exxon Valdez disaster from the people who experienced it, and people around the world hoping to prevent similar accidents in their coastal waters.

The project is available online: Exxon Valdez Project Jukebox

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 council.

For more information about the project, please contact the council’s Anchorage office: (907)277-7222 or anch@pwsrcac.org.

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