Storycorps Teams up with Major San Francisco Institutions for New Permanent Location

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Airbnb and the San Francisco Public Library will host StoryCorps’ West Coast hub, giving
residents the opportunity to add their stories to the renowned national archive

January 27, 2014, NEW YORK, NY—StoryCorps, the national oral history organization,
will call the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) its new home in the Bay Area, with
Airbnb as its lead sponsor. Airbnb is the world’s leading community-driven hospitality
company. To date, StoryCorps has the largest single collection of voices ever gathered,
from nearly 90,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

In partnership with SFPL and Airbnb, StoryCorps in San Francisco will give residents
the opportunity to record and archive their unique and powerful stories. StoryCorps
housed a booth in San Francisco from October 2008 to January 2014 at the
Contemporary Jewish Museum and collected more than 3,000 interviews. With this new
location, StoryCorps will redouble its effort to honor and celebrate stories from residents
of the Bay Area. Local public radio station KALW will continue to be StoryCorps in San
Francisco’s broadcast partner, and KQED will join as a media sponsor.

StoryCorps interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about
each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process. At
the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a CD copy of their
interview. With their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife
Center at the Library of Congress. Segments of select interviews air on local public
radio and may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur “Genius”
Grant recipient Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are
as a nation.

“It has been a remarkable experience for StoryCorps to record the stories of the Bay
Area,” says Dave Isay. “As StoryCorps begins its second decade of service, it’s an
honor to have such terrific partners in San Francisco, where we will continue to expand
our reach and spread our message: that every life and every story matter.”

“We are honored and excited to welcome the StoryCorps recording booth to the Skylight
Gallery at the San Francisco Main Library,” says City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Our library
and our city offer such a diverse community of voices with exciting, historic, and
powerful stories to tell. We expect this collaboration to be a wonderful opportunity for
library users and for all residents to create an oral record that preserves the
experiences of their lives.”

“Airbnb brings hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world together every
day to share their cities and their stories,” says Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia. “That’s
why we’re proud to be partnering with StoryCorps, which has celebrated the power of
individual stories for more than a decade. We look forward to supporting the incredible
work they continue to do.”

To ensure the diversity of participants, StoryCorps sponsors major initiatives:
StoryCorps Historias collects the stories of Latinos throughout the United States and
Puerto Rico; StoryCorps Griot preserves the voices and experiences of African
Americans; the Military Voices Initiative records, shares, and preserves the stories of
post-9/11 veterans, active-duty service members, and their families; and OutLoud will
launch in 2014 to collect the stories of the LGBT community.

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About StoryCorps

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions listen to StoryCorps’ awardwinning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books that are New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps. Our fourth book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, was released in October 2013. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit Find us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@storycorps).

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted
community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 35,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.