Tule Lake Committee Contributes to Japanese American Legacy Project
During World War II, more than 18,000 members of the Japanese American community were detained by the United States government at an internment camp in Tule Lake, California. Today, this immigrant experience is not one that is often shared. As a result, the Tule Lake Committee has received a grant from the California Council on the Humanities to use oral history as a way to tell the stories of Japanese American protest at Tule Lake, and is also partnering with Densho and the National Japanese Historical Society to conduct full life story oral history interviews with people who were incarcerated at Tule Lake and forced to renounce their U.S. citizenship as part of the Japanese American Legacy Project.
Read more at Common Dreams and access interviews at Densho’s Digital Archive
Columbia University’s Center for Social Sciences Chronicles the History of First Campaigns
An oral historian at Columbia University’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Center for Social Sciences, Jeffrey H. Brodsky, has conducted more than 60 hours of oral history interviews with politicians recounting their first political races. Brodsky humanizes politicians as he gives them the opportunity to articulate the doubts, motivations, and inspirations during the campaigns that formed the foundation of their public careers. Through a series of video interviews, audiences everywhere can witness the vulnerabilities of politicians, especially during the early stages of their careers.
Read more at The Washington Post
Veteran’s Oral History Project Preserves Veteran’s Stories
Organized and overseen by the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center, the Veteran’s Oral History Project promotes the preservation of veteran’s stories and experiences related to their participation in the United States armed forces. The Fayetteville Public Library is one of the many libraries across the nation that has agreed to take part in the project, as they also believe veterans need to share their experiences, no longer how long they’ve served.
Read more at The City Wire and learn how to take part in the project at The Library of Congress
Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office Conducts Oral History Project on Bay Bridge
As part of an oral history series sponsored by the California Department of Transportation, the Regional Oral History Office team at UC Berkley is conducting a widespread call for stories from those who were involved in the design, construction, and continued maintenance and managing of the Bay Bridge up to the 1950’s. As the longest bridge in the world when it was built, collected oral histories on the history and role of the Bay Bridge to the San Francisco region will not only inform scholars, students, and community members alike, but also be a part of an exhibition dedicated to the environmental history of the San Francisco Bay, opening at the Oakland Museum of California in September of 2013 during the induction of the new Bay Bridge.
Read more at UC Berkley News Center
Houston Community College Southeast Produces Oral History Project Promoting Latino Legacy
After its establishment in the 1890s, the Magnolia Park neighborhood in Houston, Texas, became home to thousands of early Mexican and Tejano settlers. To understand and promote the legacy of Latinos in this community, the president of Houston Community College Southeast commissioned the Magnolia Park Oral History Project, a thirty-part digital film project documenting the people, history, and legacy of the Magnolia Park neighborhood with over 100 interviews and 2000 photographs of community members and their ancestors. Once completed, the project will become a part of a permanent exhibition available to the public in the Houston Community College Southeast’s campus museum.
Read more at the Media Room
RECENTLY RELEASED COLLECTIONS
Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Releases Formerly Restricted Oral Histories
The Nixon Library and Museum has just released interviews conducted with Judiciary members and the Impeachment Inquiry staff responsible for investigating whether or not sufficient grounds existed for the potential impeachment of President Nixon. These oral histories represent one of the first times staff members have publically discussed work on Nixon’s impeachment inquiry and have been made available via YouTube videos for public access.
Read more at NixonLibrary.gov
Visit the collection here
University of California Santa Cruz Completes Project on the History of Organic Farming
Stories from 58 farmers, activists, researchers, and educators from the early 1960s to today have been released in a new oral history project on the history of organic farming in the Santa Cruz area. Collected by the Regional History Project at the University of California Santa Cruz’s University Library, transcripts of the interviews are available in text and audio format, along with photographs and additional resources.
Read more at Weekend Hippie
Visit the collection here
ORAL HISTORY METHODOLOGY
Oral History in the Digital Age Teaches Us “How To…”
Looking to learn the fundamentals of oral history technology? In the “How To” section of the Oral History in the Digital Age website, those new to Oral History can learn how to achieve good audio recording levels, understand microphones, use lighting for video interviews, digitally preserve interviews and more!