The First Person Plural (FPP) project, which is part of a community of nonpartisan women’s organizations in the Little Rock metro region and statewide, works with historians and archivists regionally and nationally to encourage greater representation of women’s voices and perspectives in historical collections. FPP is seeking funds to finish its final seven to eight interviews with Arkansas women, ensure continued access to its traveling exhibit, present public programs with collaborators such as the UA Clinton School of Public Service, and bring audio to our website: http://1stpersonplural.org/. We invite you to help us in the home stretch!
The FPP project collects life stories of 20th-century women who came of age in times of great change, facing the civil rights movement, the second wave of the women’s movement, and access to new technologies. In their reflections, the speakers address issues of racial diversity, social justice, and community service, as well as many aspects of changes in everyday life over the generations. FPP features voices not often heard in general collections, including women from Delta Chinese and native families. We archive the interviews with both the UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture and the UA Pryor Center in Fayetteville. In addition, we deposit all our papers with the CAHC archive in Little Rock, encouraging others to use our work to develop new initiatives in women’s history.
Accomplishments to date:
- 37 interviews with diverse women statewide, processed and archived;
- development of the FPP website (http://1stpersonplural.org/), which gives an overview of the entire project, including capsule biographies of narrators;
- completion of a three-panel traveling exhibit available for the cost of return transport only;
- collaboration on public programs with colleges, museums, and libraries across the state.
Over the past six years, First Person Plural has been fortunate to receive significant and often continuing funding from sources including The Bridge Fund Endowment of the Arkansas Community Foundation, the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Social Justice Advocacy Committee of Second Presbyterian Church, Esse Purse Museum, and the Rebsamen Fund. Now we are reaching out to individuals who share our commitment to women’s voices and presence in the public sphere. Contributions in any amount are welcome and will be recognized on a newly created webpage honoring our individual donors.
Make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to:
Just Communities of Arkansas (our fiscal agent), noting First Person Plural in the memo section
1400 West Markham, Suite 405
Little Rock, AR 72201
Or make a contribution online at:
Contributions carry the opportunity to briefly honor one or more persons.
Thank you for your support of women’s voices in the historical record and in our community. Please share this information with any who might be interested.