Event | Intoxicating the Archive – Preserving Narcotic Heritage and including Marginalized Voices in Collections and Libraries

  “Intoxicating the Archive” critically explores how the memories and struggles of people who use drugs and those of other marginalized and/or activist groups in history are represented in archives, museums, and collective memory at large. While often being invisible at first, drug cultures have left traces in many archives and collections. However, finding and […]

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Collection Highlight | Meddlesome Practices in the Continental Group Project

  by Kimberly Springer, Curator for Oral History Spanning seventy years of the Continental Can Company, oral histories with 226 employees illustrate the type of research and practice the Oral History Research Office (OHRO) conducted for many of its own formative years. Major companies would contract with the OHRO to conduct interviews about its history […]

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Collection Highlight | Meddlesome Practices: Oral Histories of Good Troublemaking in Business

A decade earlier, in his book The Gateway to History (1962), Nevins proposed reinvigorating historical study by making, To this end, Nevins conducted scores of interviews. A particularly illuminating example of both the oral history process and historical sources created would be the experience he and Frank Ernest Hill had creating an oral history project […]

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Events | OHMA’s Spring ’22 Workshop Series on Relating Oral History

Our colleagues in the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Oral History Master’s program have, once again, scheduled a series of innovative and though-provoking workshops for the spring semester. The workshop theme is “relationships,” with this focus: Oral history is knowledge formed in relationship. This year we plan to explore how oral historians have centered […]

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Now Available | Columbia Students’ COVID-19 Oral History Interviews

The Columbia University student COVID-19 oral history collection is comprised of eighteen interviews conducted by students of Professor Ana Paulina Lee’s course Contemporary Civilization II. Students took the interviews in April and May of 2020, shortly after the pandemic hit New York City, and Columbia University’s courses converted from in-person to online. As such, they […]

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