Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section Society of American Archivists | Winter 2018

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

Winter 2018

From the Chair

Updates from our Chair, Amanda Pellerin, Read full article >>


Volunteer One Hour to Help Us Transform the Understanding of Metadata Practices for Oral History

Jaycie Vos, Oral History Association Metadata Task Force

The Oral History Association Metadata Task Force (MTF) is charged with improving access and discovery for oral history interviews by helping their creators and caretakers improve the capture and preservation of the interviews’ metadata. The MTF saw the need for more structured information to offer a base understanding of metadata. To this end, the MTF has launched a series of surveys.  Read full article >>

Billy Graham Center Archives Oral History Interviews Online

Bob Shuster, Archivist, Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College

In 2017, the staff of the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois transcribed over 38 hours of oral history interviews, filling 646 pages. Most of these transcripts have been put online. Read full article >>

Digital Archives Seeks to "Unhide" Stories of Japanese American World War II Veterans

Gavin Do, Archivist, Go For Broke National Education Center

The Japanese American Military History Collective (JAMHC) is a digital cooperative. The goal of JAMHC is to increase access and visibility to resources related to the Japanese American World War II experience, with special emphasis on veterans of that conflict.  Read full article >>

Oral History News

Texas After Violence Project Oral Histories

Jane Field, Project Coordinator and Digital Archivist, Texas After Violence Project

Ten years ago, the Texas After Violence Project (TAVP) conducted its first official interview with Ireland Beazley, whose son, Napoleon, was executed by the State of Texas for a crime he committed as a minor. Like our interview with Ireland, many of our early oral histories focused nearly exclusively on those who were affected by capital punishment, but we have since expanded our areas of research to more effectively explore the widespread impacts of interpersonal and state violence on individuals, families, and communities in Texas. The TAVP collection now includes over a hundred and fifty interviews, many of which are housed online.  Read full article >>

Preserving Stories from the Greatest Generation

Gavin Do, Archivist, Go for Broke National Education Center

For the past twenty years, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) has focused on preserving stories from a special group of individuals.In 1998, Go For Broke National Education Center recorded its first oral history interview with one of the Nisei World War II veterans. It was the first of what would be many interviews recorded through its Hanashi (“to talk” or “story” in Japanese) Oral History Program. Twenty years later, GFBNEC has recorded over 1,250 interviews with Nisei veterans of World War II and their contemporaries in the war effort.  Read full article >>

National Education Association Oral Histories at George Washington University Libraries

Vakil Smallen, National Education Association Project Archivist, George Washington University Libraries

The National Education Association (NEA) and the libraries of the George Washington University (GWU) formed a partnership in 2008 to process and house the Association’s archives and library at the Gelman Library within the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Following the official opening of the archives in 2011, it quickly became the collection most utilized by SCRC researchers. Between January and May of 2017, I conducted four oral histories with former NEA staffers.  Read full article >>