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Amanada Ferrara, 2022


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Amanda Ferrara talks about growing up in a financially struggling single parent household in Western Massachusetts and how the experience taught her the value of education. Amanda also talks about how after getting her graduate degree, she worked as an archivist at Princeton before moving back to Massachusetts, she actively worked to diversify archival collections by including marginalized narratives typically excluded. She discusses her active role in critiquing and questioning decisions at Princeton that she saw as inequitable or exclusionary, and about her advocacy for change. Amanda discusses how during the pandemic she felt unsafe from the violence unfolding across the country in 2020, and how she couldn't participate in racial justice protests or address campus discrimination due to her pregnancy.

She worked remotely for over 15 months from March 2020 through June 2021, and talks about how colleagues dismissed and questioned her own negative experiences on campus, such as suggestions from colleagues for her to use the university's flawed mental health support system to cope with her struggle with racial trauma. She talks about her friends Valencia and Annalise providing her with vital mental refuge via video calls throughout her struggles. Despite strict isolation to protect her newborn, Amanda's family contracted COVID-19 due to brief daycare exposure, over two years into the pandemic. As an archival educator, Amanda talks about her work to increase the understanding of primary sources on past disease outbreaks during remote instruction in 2020/2021. She talks about her frustration with the University's confusing and contradictory safety messaging regarding COVID upon returning to campus. She also states her continuing reconciliation of trauma from the pandemic through therapy while remaining committed to resurrecting untold stories by making archival collections more diverse and inclusive.

Collection History


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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Valencia L. Johnson in 2022. Finding aid written by Valencia L. Johnson in 2022. Interview summaries created by Daniel Song (Class of 2026).

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Credit this material:

Amanada Ferrara; Covid-19 and Me Oral History Project Collection, AC489, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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