New from RBML’S Archivist | September 2021

Kevin Schlottmann, RBML’s head archivist, shares a selection of new and updated finding aids, as well as newly available collections. See below for newly processed, newly digitized, and/or newly described RBML collections, including some wonderful oral histories that are now fully available online.  Kudos as always to the many staff members, both in RBML and […]

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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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Oral History | A New York Times reporter reflects on bias in reporting through oral histories

  William Broad, science journalist and senior reporter for the New York Times, featured two oral history interviews from the Oral History Archives at Columbia’s collections in his reporting on how two journalists — one Black and informing Black communities and the other white and working for a newspaper of record — reported on the […]

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Remembering how we remember: Columbia’s 9/11 Oral History Project Allows Us to ‘Think About It Differently’

Columbia News spoke with Mary Marshall Clark, director of the Center for Oral History Research, about the process of oral history under conditions of trauma and documenting 9/11. Previous blog entries Remembering 9/11 through oral histories Oral history resources for teachers…and parents now teaching at home […]

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