Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section Society of American Archivists | Winter 2017

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

Winter 2017


From the Chair

Updates from our Chair, Mary Larson  Read full article >>


Oral History News

Louisville Underground Music Archive Project Oral Histories 

Heather Fox, Archivist for Manuscript Collections and Co-Director of the Oral History Center, University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky has a rich musical heritage, including an underground scene that influenced the sound of not only punk, indie, and hardcore, but also popular music regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2013, archivists in the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections (ASC) launched the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) project to document this important slice of Louisville's musical culture. Read full article >>

Archives Alive:  Democratizing Public Library Archives through Oral History 

Diantha Dow Schull, DDSchull Associates

Archivists and special collections librarians across the country are employing myriad approaches to community documentation, ranging from crowdsourcing and scanning events to social archives, digital memory projects and documentary films. Archives Alive:  Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections (ALA Editions; 2015) is a book designed to highlight emerging trends in archival programming in the public library setting. Read full article >>

A Century of Women in Congress 

Office of the House Historian, U.S. House of Representatives 

Oral histories serve as a window into the inner workings of Congress, granting unique access to campaigns, personal relationships, and behind-the-scenes details of the legislative process. This project highlights how ideas about gender influenced the working environment for women in Congress, as well as the often overlooked history of the congressional workforce. Read full article >>

Taking Flight in Oral History - Lessons Learned from Conducting the Flying Voices Oral History Project 

Abra Schnur, MLS Candidate, Project Director of the Flying Voices Oral History Project

The Flying Voices Oral History Project: In-flight and Ground Experiences of Braniff International Airways captures experiences and perspectives from former employees of the North Texas-based airline. Braniff shaped the aviation industry of the 1960s. The purpose of Flying Voices is to create a resource for future generations and scholars. Read full article >>

Montana Historical Society Receives Grant to Capture Oral Histories on State's Brewing Industry 

Anneliese Warhank, Archivist, Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives 

The Montana Historical Society Research Center has received a $4,500 grant from Humanities Montana to conduct a series of oral history interviews designed to begin capturing the history of modern craft brewing and breweries in Montana. Over the next two years, the project will gather oral histories that focus on the industry, beginning with the reemergence of microbreweries in the state in the 1980’s.  Read full article >>