Collection Highlight | Meddlesome Practices: Carnegie Corporation of New York Oral History Collection

  by Karen Wang, Columbia University Libraries Intern What does philanthropy have to do with business? Andrew Carnegie, magnate of the U.S. steel industry, built his empire from humble beginnings with business acumen and insider trading (commonplace and legal at the time). Carnegie is also known for his philanthropy and his philosophy “The Gospel of […]

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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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News from RBML’s Archivists and Collections Managers | October and September 2021

Kevin Schlottmann, RBML’s head archivist, shares a selection of new and updated finding aids, as well as newly available collections.   Here are newly processed, newly digitized, and/or newly described RBML collections, including notable oral histories that are now fully available online.  Newly Digitized Oral History Collections Individual Interviews Individual Interviews are those that were […]

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