Oral history in the news

News stories pertaining to oral history

Twins talk in the StoryCorps booth

Recordnet, California’s Central Valley paper, profiles Stockton twins (currently in Seattle) as they swapped stories about their father in the StoryCorps booth.

In a 40-minute session in StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, a recording studio constructed inside a silver Airstream trailer, the Canote twins, 54, swapped tales of their father, Bob Canote, who died last year at 81 in Saratoga. The oldest of five children, Bob became a banker after he completed his World War II service in Italy.

A profile of local people and a discussion of the StoryCorps project (which, thus far, hasn’t been getting much coverage on this site, though I’ve been following it quite closely. And wondering when and if they’re going to come to the L.A. area. The West Coast tour stops in San Francisco, and that bums me out.

Here’s their how-to for doing it yourself:

If you want ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 20, 2005 in • InterviewingOral history in the newsOral History Projects
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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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Students gather oral histories of Montana women

New oral-history collection created by a group of Montana State University undergraduates.

From the Billings Gazette article:

Nineteen MSU students chose female neighbors, relatives, church friends or other acquaintances to interview for a research seminar in women’s studies.

Most of the women were from Montana, and each had to be at least a generation older than the MSU student interviewing them. The oldest woman interviewed was 90.

This topic is close to my heart. My grandmother and her sisters grew up in Billings. The interviewees for this project are about a decade or two younger than she was (born in 1898). But it’s thrilling for me—just knowing that a collection like this exists. And it’s a pointer for others…check out the universities near where your ancestors ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 03, 2005 in • Oral history in the news
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Saturn to Sponsor StoryCorps Oral History Project

Saturn to be the sole corporate sponsor of the Story Corps project, which will go to 35 cities in the first year.

Press Release

StoryCorps will travel to about 35 cities in the first year in specially equipped mobile recording studios. In each city, people will be able to conduct oral history interviews with a friend, colleague or family member, with the help of a trained facilitator. At the end of the forty-minute session, the participants will be given a broadcast-quality CD of their interview. With permission, a second copy will be archived at the Library of Congress, providing generations to come with access to these moving stories.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 18, 2005 in • Oral history in the news
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Talking History: Aural history and Oral History

Based at the University of Albany, SUNY. Has a weekly broadcast/internet radio program, Talking History.

Talking History home page. Site has links to shows in Real Media and MP3 formats. (Also, the Talking History page at RadioShowLinks.com)

Our mission is to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere. We hope to expand our understanding of history by exploring the audio dimensions of our past, and we hope to enlarge the tools and venues of historical research and publication by promoting production of radio documentaries and other forms of aural ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • AudioOnline Oral History CollectionsOral history in the news
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The memory of oranges

Citrus days preserved in oral history by Cal State Fullerton

OC Register.com’s article on the Oral History project  (Reg Req’d, use Bugmenot to bypass registration)

Through a $5,000 grant from the California Stories Fund, Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History center conducted 21 interviews with former packinghouse workers, pickers in the fields, growers, and anyone who lived during the farming era to create the history project titled “Packed Up, Squeezed Out: The Citrus Industry in Placentia.”

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 07, 2005 in • Oral history in the news
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Saginaw MI Oral History Project continues without grant

Saginaw, MI: Oral History project continues w/o grant. Lives of minority residents who helped build the city.

Saginaw News (Mlive) story.

It’s a long haul to get everything completed. Whaddaya do when the grant money runs out? Continue on, at a much slower pace.

...A Saginaw native delved inside the lives of minority residents who helped build the city.

Michelle S. Johnson, a former professor at Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, interviewed 35 black and Hispanic residents beginning in 1999.

The result is the Saginaw Oral History Project, which Johnson hopes offers a peek into the religious, economic and cultural impact minorities had on their hometown.

When the grant expired two years ago, Johnson said, she still ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on February 25, 2005 in • Oral history in the newsOral History Projects
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Reception honoring Louisiana OH participants

Baton Rouge, LA: Felicianas’ black history. Interviewees aged 64 to 104.

Baton Rouge: 2theadvocate.com

Travis Carter, Louis Emery, William Gilmore Sr., Alice Johnson, Elizabeth Lee, Geraldine London, Violet Pate, Turlie Richardson, Sallie Smith, Sallie Whitfield-Mackie and Louise Williams—ages 64 to 104—were interviewed in 2004 by folklorists and volunteers with the West Feliciana African American Heritage Task Force.

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These books have gone Hollywood

The Other Hollywood (porn industry) in an oral history

Star Tribune on Hollywood books, including this one:

“The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry,” by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne with Peter Pavia (ReganBooks, 620 pages, $27.95).

If people have done something, there can be an oral history about it.

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Grant for Save Our History awarded

NJ.com: Save our History Grant awarded

MILLVILLE—The History Channel has announced the award of a “Save Our History” grant to the Millville Army Air Field Museum and Millville Memorial High School to partner in an oral history project.

The project would preserve the community’s and museum’s important role in preserving the history of the air field as a training facility for pilots about to go overseas for the European Theater during World War II.

The MAAFM was one of only 29 organizations out of about 700 who applied to be awarded a grant to fund innovative educational projects designed to being communities and children together to preserve their local history.

Students conduct the interviews.
Results will be part of ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on February 24, 2005 in • Oral history in the newsOral History Projects
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Oregon Historical Society cuts oral history program

Portland State University Vanguard Oral history no more

Facing a budget shortfall of about $1 million, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has cut its oral history program, a key resource for recording Oregon’s history, according to former OHS employees.

Over its 28-year existence, the oral history program staff taught oral history while conducting more than 2,100 interviews, overseeing 8,400 recorded hours of tape and garnering praise as the largest oral history collection in the Pacific Northwest.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on October 05, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Telling the People’s Story Conference, MS, Sept 2004

Telling the People’s Story Conference announcement  
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads will co-sponsor a state-wide conference, “Telling the People’s Story: From Tape and Transcript to Public Programs,” in Port Gibson on Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004. Link to website for the event 

The conference will feature sessions on using oral history to create community theater, exhibits for touring and permanent installation, informational and educational websites, radio and
television documentaries, and publications from newspaper and magazine articles to full length books and CDs.

The conference is directed to persons and groups who have collected or are thinking of ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on July 26, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Studs Terkel on mend after fall in home

Chicago Tribune Story, 7/15/04: “CHICAGO—Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel is recovering in an area hospital from a fall, the son of the writer, radio host and activist said Wednesday.”

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Senate Historian writes book on the Washington Press Corps

Donald Ritchie, the author of Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, writes history of Washington Press Corps from FDR to 9/11

The Hill, a newpaper for about about the U.S. Congress, tells the story about the Senate Historian.

  Ritchie, a prolific author who specializes in oral history, has just put the finishing touches on his latest book, a look at how the press has covered Congress and the federal government in the last 70 years.

The book, High Level Sources: The Making of the Washington Press Corps, will be published early next year by Oxford University Press. It is a sequel to his earlier one that examined press coverage of Congress before Franklin D. Roosevelt became president.

Ritchie’s new book begins with Roosevelt’s inauguration and ends on Sept. 11, 2001.
In between those two seminal points in ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 20, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Recordings preserve adventures long past

Santa Cruz Sentinal story by Claudia Sternbach

May 9, 2004
SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz residents Janet Herman and Lisa Noble know family stories are important but often are lost as the years go by, along with heirloom quilts and a grandmother’s recipe for raspberry jam.

So the two women, who run an oral history and audio recording service called Lasting Voices, decided to volunteer some time recording the stories of seniors who take classes and meet for lunch at Louden Nelson Community Center

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 09, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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