State Library of Western Australia: State Library’s oral histories recognised by UNESCO. “The State Library of Western Australia’s Migration Voices collection of oral histories will be recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) under its Australian Memory of the World Program (AMW). The program is aimed at identifying and safeguarding significant documentary heritage materials of national significance to Australia.”
University of Kentucky: Oral History Collection Champions UK Cheerleading Dynasty. ” C-A-T-S spells more than a storied tradition in basketball. It is also the chant of the 23-time Universal Cheerleaders Association champions — the University of Kentucky Cheerleading team. And this weekend, the team will travel back to Orlando, Florida, to defend its title and, hopefully, bring back a 24th national championship. So, what is the winning formula in collegiate cheerleading that has brought the coveted hardware back to the Bluegrass year after year? A new oral history collection at UK Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History explores that question and more.”
Library of Congress: New Online: Circus Workers Folklife Project. “The American Folklife Center (AFC) is delighted to announce the online presentation of an important new oral history collection documenting the lives and careers of multigenerational circus workers in Hugo, Oklahoma. ‘The “Big Top” Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Tent’ was created by librarians Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana Nykolaiszyn.”
KSTX: UTSA Awarded Grant To Collect Oral Histories From Women In The Military. “The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $100,000 to the University of Texas at San Antonio to collect the oral histories of women in the military.”
State Archives of North Carolina: Announcing the Veterans Oral History Project!. “The State Archives of North Carolina & North Carolina Government & Heritage Library are proud to present the Veterans Oral History Transcription Project featuring 12 remarkable women.” They need transcription help.
Brooklyn Eagle: Faith In Brooklyn for November 19: Brooklyn Historical Society chronicles lives of ‘Muslims In Brooklyn’. “Fifty oral histories will be made available to the public on an online listening portal which shares the long, varied history of the highest concentration of Muslims in any geographic area in the United States. The project will launch at a ceremony on Thurs., Dec. 6.”
New-to-me, from Pacific Standard: Saving The Library Before It Burns. “In July of 1947, Surjan Singh Sood sensed a coming danger. The British government had announced a plan to divide colonial India into two separate states and Surjan, having already received threats on his own life, wanted to move his family to safety. He loaded his wife and children into a friend’s car and sent them away, across the Punjab province of British India, from Lahore to the city of Ludhiana. At the time, there was no border to cross between Pakistan and India, and the family made the trip with only one or two boxes, leaving most of their possessions at home. To Surjan’s middle son, Kulbhushan, it seemed inconceivable that they would not return. But a month later, Lahore became part of Pakistan. His father’s decision to move the family quickly to Ludhiana may have saved their lives.” This story is about a digital archive for the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan.