OHAC Event | Working with the COVID-19 Archive

The Columbia University student COVID-19 oral history collection has been processed and now we await its appearance in the oral history section of the Digital Library Collection. Until they’re ready for use, join us for a series of workshops run by Journal of the Plague Year: A Covid-19 Archive (JOTPY). OHAC is co-sponsoring the workshops […]

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Here’s what to expect at RBML this fall semester

In accordance with Columbia University COVID safety protocols, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) offers a number of services to help researchers this fall semester. First, here’s an overview from University Librarian Ann Thornton’s message updating the University community. There are also a number of online resources and guidance about limited use of in-person […]

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A 1966 oral history offers insights into roots of unemployment insurance

When Paul Brandeis Raushenbush contacted the Oral History Archives to access an oral history interview with his grandparents, Elizabeth Brandeis and Paul Raushenbush, he was already researching their role in what would become a national unemployment insurance policy, part of the Social Security Act of 1935. He couldn’t have foreseen the pandemic and that 17 […]

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Interested in contributing oral histories of the COVID pandemic?

As you can imagine, oral histories of the pandemic are incredibly important stories to gather with care and sensitivity in this moment. In response to queries about contributing oral histories or how to conduct them, please explore the following resources. For advice on conducting oral histories on this topic and with best practices and ethics […]

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Too soon? Archives humor in a time of pandemic

"the archive is closed until further notice"– technically true– a bit boring– everyone is saying it "we have sealed the vault until the plague passes"– heroic– sounds like you have a treasure hoard in the strongroom– nobody can check as the archive is closed — UoY Borthwick (@UoYBorthwick) April 1, 2020 RBML Resources Online Archival […]

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