Oral History Section

The Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists is composed of members of the Society and others who are interested in or are actively engaged in conducting oral history interviews and/or teach oral history methodology. The Oral History Section provides a forum for news, for discussion of issues and developments, and for establishing and maintaining communication and cooperation with other professional organizations.

Recent News & Announcements

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.
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?
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.
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