Changes to the Columbia Center for Oral History

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In the early 2000s, Columbia’s Center for Oral History’s research (CCOHR) team joined the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) to focus its efforts on leadership in oral history methodology and educating the next generation of oral history students and scholars through its master’s degree program. Most recent CCOHR created oral history projects are housed in the Oral History Archives at Columbia.

In the 21st century, the Oral History Archives at Columbia is creating stronger oral history collections through attention to marginalized people and groups is a priority as a corrective to historically-biased attention to the white, cisgendered, heterosexual, physically abled experience.

The Oral History Archives at Columbia welcomes email queries regarding donating oral history interviews and collections in these areas of prioritization: space, broadly defined, to include displacement, development, gentrification, uses of space, start-ups and entrepreneurship, particularly in New York City, the art world and grassroots movement, including responses to gun violence, anti-Islamophobia and resisting anti-trans violence.