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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Remembering 9/11 through oral histories

To say that the events of September 11, 2001 had a lasting impact on New York City, the nation and the world would be an understatement. In the days after the attack, the Columbia Oral History Research Office, as the combined research and archives arms were known then, had the foresight, skill and tact to […]

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News from the Oral History Archives

In the 1930s, journalist, biographer, and Columbia professor of history, Allan Nevins began to worry that future historians would find a dearth of evidence documenting the personal side of historic events because ephemeral telephone conversations were replacing letter writing. Nevins began experimenting with what he called oral autobiography: interviews with “living Americans who have led […]

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