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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Researcher Profile | Rebecca Prime searches for animator Faith Hubley in a Black Power film

We see you every day, handing you a locker key as you check-in at our front desk, and receiving it back toward the end of the day. Most often you’re reading over a particular archive, getting to understand a portion of one of our archives even more so than RBML’s staff. We await the longer […]

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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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New Collection |  Sheila Michaels Civil Rights Organization Oral History Collection

  The Oral History Archives at Columbia is pleased to open for researcher use the Sheila Michael Civil Rights Organizational Oral History Collection. Here archives assistant Keri Kelly reflects on notable themes from her close work with the collection. The history of the Civil Rights Movement is often narrated through its most salient events and heroic […]

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Oral history | Congratulations to the 2021 Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral Winner!

From our colleagues in the instructional arm of the Columbia Center for Oral History, the Oral History Master’s Program (OHMA)… After an incredibly challenging period in which fieldwork was disrupted, many of us suffered losses, and everyone experienced upheaval, the 2021 Brodsky Prize Committee (Peter Bearman, Amy Starecheski, and Carlin Liu Zia) was particularly impressed […]

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