CalTech’s Oral History collection

The L.A. Times profiles the oral history collection at the California Institute of Technology.

Scientists, legends, nobel laureates are part of the oral history collection at the Pasadena, California Institute. Visit the online home for Caltech Archives Oral Histories Online.

Ever heard the story about Albert Einstein and the Long Beach earthquake of 1933?

Einstein, a visiting professor at Caltech at the time, was walking across campus with an earthquake expert, Beno Gutenberg. They even were talking about seismic research. But when the magnitude-6.4 temblor struck, the absent-minded scientists were so engrossed in conversation that neither noticed the shaking.

“There was an earthquake someplace?” Gutenberg, a partner with Charles Richter in developing the Richter scale, ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 21, 2005 in • Online Oral History CollectionsOral history in the newsOral History Projects
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Review of Marantz PMD660

At Akustyk (acoustic, get it?), a site for linguists, a review of the Marantz PMD 660. The review is geared toward linguists, but since they’re talking about quality of spoken word recordings, it’s a good one to pay attention to.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 15, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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History Spared: New Orleans Public Archives

The story of the archives in the New Orleans Public Library

Chicago Journal: History Spared

So it was a relief, not to mention a bit of a miracle, last Friday when [Alan Harris] Stein got word from the library’s disaster cleanup people that the archives were safe and the building had only suffered minor damage. The news freed up time for him to think about his next project: recording the oral histories of Katrina survivors. To gather the most immediate stories, he plans gathering interviews done by reporters on the scene at places like the Astrodome and the Convention Center. Then, arm interviewers sanctioned by the Oral History Association with digital recorders and send them out in the field. He’d also like to set up a “story booth” in ...Read More

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