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Recent Content

New Press Record Podcast Episode on Movement Building

This month the Southern Oral History Program's podcast Press Record takes on the question of whether oral history can be used as a tool for movement building.  We talk with Dan Kerr from American University about his past as a squatters' rights activist and his oral history work with people experiencing homelessness in Cleveland.  We also visit with Kerry Taylor and Marina Lopez from the Citadel's oral history program at a recent workshop they held for local activists.

Re: New research on archival best practices for oral history?

Hi, guys--

    We here at the UAF Oral History Program are reviewing our archival practices. In particular, we are interested in finding out if there has been any new research--and by "new", I mean within the last five years--on best practices for archiving oral histories (digitizing standards, temperature control, etc.). My colleagues and I have searched o'er the Internet and so far the most recent thing we've come across is an IASA paper from 2009.

Women in the Lowell Textile Mills

"'And that's how we did in the milll,' Women in the Lowell Textile Mills" a film by Martha Norkunas is now available on youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFX273CZsII

“And that’s how we did in the mill” is based on excerpts from oral histories with the last generation of women to work in the Lowell, Massachusetts textile mills. It is divided in to three parts: Stories of Immigrating to the United States, Stories of Living in the Ethnic Neighborhoods, and Stories of Work in the Textile Mills.