Lest We Forget Collection
Scope and Content
The papers for the Lest We Forget Collection contain background and research information about the project, correspondence, transcripts, and photographs and videotapes from the documentary project. These papers have a wealth of information about the project and would be useful for researchers who want to continue research on this subject and need a starting place for sources or to view the finished product.
Series I, Organizational Records and Research Information, is the largest series in the collection. This series includes documents related to the formation of the project. It contains a large amount of research information and leads that helped form the project, as well as some of the administrative issues that arose during the formation of the project. There are also documents related to the initial recordings and information about the various participants in the program.
Series II, Correspondence and Legal Documents, includes documents related to the legal and financial aspects of the project. Invoices from editing, equipment, and food costs are included as well as distribution agreements and service agreements. Within the correspondence, there are emails and letters referencing every aspect of the project from financial and legal issues to praise for the finished product.
Series III, Printed or Published Materials, contains a variety of materials related to the publicity of the Lest We Forget project. Included in this series are advertisements of the project, promotional flyers, and reviews of the project. There are also programs from the film festivals and conferences where the Lest We Forget project participated.
Series IV, Photographs, Film and Videotapes, includes a variety of photographs from local institutions and others that document the project. There are DVDs of the documentary as well as the marketed audio CD of the interviews. There are 32 DVCAM tapes of the oral histories that are excellent companions to the oral history transcripts.
Series V: Audiovisual Materials, includes original audio and video oral history interviews (and transcripts), as well as documentary productions based on the interviews, such as "Lest We Forget: Spoken Histories" audio documentary by Jeff Moyer and Judy Leasure and "Lest We Forget" (video documentary) by Mark Lyons.
- Creation: 1953 - 2008
- Creation: Majority of material found within 2003 - 2007
- Partners for Community Living (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
There are no restrictions on accessing this collection.
Restrictions on Use
Distribution of CD/DVD/Audio is prohibited -- researchers must go through distribution channels (Fanlight) or through Judy Leasure.
History of Lest We Forget Project
Lest We Forget was a film and audio project that captured personal and historical reflections and remembrances of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, their families, their advocates, and their communities who lived during the decades of statewide institutionalization and subsequent deinstitutionalization in Ohio. The goals of the project were to collect oral, video, and written histories of the personal stories of people with mental retardation who lived in a state institution for any period of time. The project also collected the stories of their family members, professionals who worked in the institutions and advocates who worked toward social and legislative change.
The Oral History Component of the project was managed by disability advocate and musician Jeff Moyer. Moyer managed another similar oral history program at the Western Reserve Historical Society, but the Lest We Forget project sought to not only record and preserve oral histories but to expand into written histories, video histories, and a feature-length documentary. Lest We Forget: Spoken Histories was released as a two-CD audio documentary accompanied by music provided by Jeff Moyer.
The Video History Component of the project was produced by Judy Leasure and the video production company Fanlight Productions. The video footage from the oral histories were used as well as a variety of other images including family videos, photographs, and historical footage. The Written History Component of the project was edited by Judy Leasure and she also served as the lead writer for this portion of the project.
Initial feasibility discussions were completed in July 2002, and the project development was underway. The oral histories were collected throughout 2003 and 2004, and the marketing of the project began in 2004. The award-winning video documentary Lest We Forget: Silent Voices, a Mark R. Lyons film, is now available to purchase on DVD through Fanlight Productions. The film was featured at the Sprout Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, and numerous screenings across Ohio. The film received a 2008 Award of Excellence from Ohio Public Images and a Leadership Award from The Inclusion Network of Cincinnati. Lest We Forget was narrated by Julia Reichert and was edited by James Klein. The film was a production by Partners for Community Living. The 42-minute documentary was completed in 2007.
2.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
Lest We Forget was a film and audio project that captured personal and historical reflections and remembrances of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, their families, their advocates, and their communities during the decades of statewide institutionalization and subsequent de-institutionalization in Ohio. The goals of the project were to collect oral, video, and written histories of the personal stories of people with mental retardation who lived in a state institution for any period of time. The project also collected the stories of their family members, professionals who worked in the institutions and advocates who worked toward social and legislative change. The papers for the Lest We Forget Collection contain background and research information about the project, correspondence, transcripts, and photographs and videotapes from the documentary project.
Statement of Arrangement
The collection is organized into 5 series:
- Series I: Organizational Records and Research Information
- Series II: Correspondence and Legal Documents
- Series III: Printed or Published Materials
- Series IV: Photographs
- Series V: Audiovisual Materials
The collection was donated to Wright State University, Special Collections and Archives by Judy Leasure, Development Director of Partners for Community Living. The collection was accessioned on 1 July 2008, and additions to the collection were donated on 16 July 2008.
Existence and Location of Copies
Many of the videos/transcripts in this collection have been digitized and are available online in Wright State University’s Campus Online Repository (CORE Scholar): http://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/special_ms396/.
- Guide to the Lest We Forget Collection (MS-396)
- Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Budzek in June 2009.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
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