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

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.
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.
In preparation for the upcoming SAA Oral History Section election, a full slate of candidates has stepped forward to take part in the election for new leadership positions. Each candidate's bio and statement of interest can be viewed at this link on the Oral History Section's microsite.
The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers and presentations for its 50th anniversary meeting in 2016 to be held October 12-16, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016.
At the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives, we are striving to meet the challenges of fulfilling our users’ expectations in the digital age, especially around access to oral history collections. Beginning in the 1980s, NCAR joined with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to create the AMS Oral History Project.
The growth of Latino communities in the U.S. South is one of the most significant demographic changes in the recent history of the nation. The New Roots/Nuevas Raices Oral History Initiative, established in 2007 to document this history from the perspectives of migrant newcomers, is pleased to announce the launch of a new website and digital information system in January of 2016.
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