The Stories of UTSC is an offshoot of the Scarborough Oral History Project, based out of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

The Scarborough Oral History Project (SOHP) builds on and expands existing university-community collaborations among UTSC faculty across disciplines and community organizations in Scarborough and gives researchers at all levels the opportunity to engage directly retelling the story of Scarborough from within.

The SOHP initiative began in the fall of 2013 with the first offering of a successful interdisciplinary course in Oral History – Oral History and Urban change – involving faculty and students from City Studies, History and Womens’ and Gender Studies.  Since that first offering faculty from Sociology have participated and others have shown interest in working on future joint offerings of this course concept.  Interest in the SOHP is growing and new collections are being added including course-based collections from HISD44 Nearby History, HISD48 Selected Topics in Canadian Womens’ History, the 2014 offering of Oral History and Urban Change and then lead to the Stories of UTSC: 1964-2014 legacy project. 

In addition to community building activities and oral history gathering, a significant part of the work of this project has been the development of The Oral History Solution Pack, leading edge technology to archive oral histories and make them available for a variety of pedagogical and research purposes. The Oral Histories Solution Pack serves the needs of the Scarborough Oral History Project, but also provides a generalized solution to the rest of the scholarly community. Early iterations of the software have drawn interest from the LGBT archives, the Florida Virtual Campus, and the University of Prince Edward Island. By leveraging and participating in Open Source communities, this development effort promises to provide software with greater longevity and continual support than other efforts in this sphere.