The NYUAD Memory Project

The NYUAD Memory Project is a University Archives community oral history collection and participatory archiving opportunity, facilitated and preserved by archivists in the NYUAD Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

Make History with the NYUAD Memory Project

In one-to-two hour oral history sessions, individuals or groups are invited to come together to share stories, important projects, memories, relationships, and other historical moments that have shaped their academic, social, and cultural experiences at NYUAD. Please contact us at to schedule time on the calendar for you and your group.

NYUAD community members share stories during a recent Memory Project session.

How to Participate

  1. Facilitated session: Contact us at to set up a facilitated session with you, or you and a partner, or to organize multiple sessions for your NYUAD department, program, or group. Sessions are typically scheduled as a remote recorded Zoom session to provide a safe and comfortable recording space.

  2. Submit your own recording: Organize a “DIY” session and record your memories, from anywhere. Invite a friend, colleague, instructor, teammate, spouse, mentor, or fellow community member to participate with you. Submit directly on this page, which also includes instructions and guidelines.

If you would like to schedule multiple sessions for your department, group, or office, please contact us at We would love to partner with you to arrange for community storytelling.

Read, Listen, and Watch: More about and from the Memory Project

  • Read: Our Memories, Archived: NYU Abu Dhabi’s Memory Project Read about this project and its origins.

  • Listen: NYUAD Map of Micromemories. Read or listen to memories shared during Memory Project interviews via our StoryMap, a pilot project created by the NYUAD Library during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, we worked together with our Archives and Special Collections student assistants to curate a selection of excerpts from the collection. These stories and the spaces they're connected to offer small but meaningful ways to “spatially connect” with the NYUAD community.

  • Watch: In 2020-2021, NYU Abu Dhabi celebrated its 10th anniversary. As part of those celebrations, External Relations prepared a series of “#10YearMemories,” many of which are curated excerpts from Memory Project oral histories.