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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Art and nature-related oral histories in NYC

  As spring makes its debut and Manhattan’s cultural institutions continue creating limited capacity, COVID-safe opportunities for enrichment (other than Netflix), a new exhibition has links to one of our oral history collections. Columbia affiliates can access the New York Botanical Gardens’ oral history interviews online before or after visiting the exhibition, Kusama: Cosmic Nature. […]

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Now Available | Columbia Students’ COVID-19 Oral History Interviews

The Columbia University student COVID-19 oral history collection is comprised of eighteen interviews conducted by students of Professor Ana Paulina Lee’s course Contemporary Civilization II. Students took the interviews in April and May of 2020, shortly after the pandemic hit New York City, and Columbia University’s courses converted from in-person to online. As such, they […]

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Newly available | Biographical oral history interviews online

Over the course of its seventy-year history, oral history has gone through a few iterations — the Oral History Research Office, the Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia Center for Oral History Research, and, today, the Oral History Archives at Columbia. In each of its incarnations, in addition to conducting interviews for collections, oral historians […]

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