Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section Society of American Archivists | Summer 2016

Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section
Society of American Archivists

Summer 2016

From the Chair

Updates from our Chair, Rachel Telford.  Read full article >>

Section News 

Welcoming Our New Steering Committee Members Read full article >>

Announcing the launch of the SAA Oral History Project Digital Collection at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016 Read full article >>



Oral History News

Aerial Dance and Oral Histories – An Innovative Celebration of Archives

Catherine Powell, Director, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University

The Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University celebrated its 30th anniversary this year in a big way. The Archives had been off campus in a remote location for most of its history and we saw the anniversary event as a great opportunity to make our hidden collections more visible - and what’s more visible than an aerial dance performed on the façade of the campus library? Read full article >>

Inspire and Educate: Japanese American World War Two Veterans Oral Histories Inspiring and Educating the Public

by Summer Espinoza, Digital Collections Manager, Go For Broke National Education Center

Go For Broke is an informal phrase meaning, “risk everything” or “go all in.” During World War II, Japanese American servicemen adopted this motto while serving their country, even after President Roosevelt enacted Executive Order 9066, ordering over 100,000 Japanese Americans living on the west coast into incarceration camps, and Japanese American men were initially classified as 4-C enemy aliens. Read full article >>

Angling Oral History Project at Montana State University

by James Thull, Special Collections Librarian, Montana State University

Montana State University Special Collections Library has been working on an Angling Oral History Project that seeks to interview anglers, politicians, artists, authors, and just about anyone else whose work relates to trout and salmon. Read full article >>


Sabbatical Project Uses Oral History

by Meg Miner, Archivist, Illinois Wesleyan University

A project titled “Portrait of a Collector: A View from the Shelves of Minor Myers, jr.” uses documentary evidence and oral history to close a gap in institutional memory that resulted when Illinois Wesleyan University’s (IWU) 17th president died in office in 2003. Read full article >>

NHPRC Funded Oral History Digitization Project at Evanston History Center Now Complete

by Lori Osborne, Director of Archives & Outreach, Evanston History Center

Evanston, Illinois was one of the earliest suburban communities settled outside the city of Chicago and is the site of much important American history. Not only was Evanston home to prominent national figures like Frances Willard, Daniel Burnham and Charles Gates Dawes, but Evanston was from its founding, a place where momentous events of national history took place on a smaller scale. Read full article >>