Yonhap News Agency: Int’l forum of history teachers seeks ways to preserve legacy of Korean War veterans

Yonhap News Agency: Int’l forum of history teachers seeks ways to preserve legacy of Korean War veterans . “The 2021 World Congress of Korean War Veterans and History Teachers began at a Washington hotel with some 60 history teachers from the United States taking part in in-person meetings. The annual event is hosted by the Korean War Legacy Foundation (KWLF) and sponsored by South Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs…. the KWLF has set up a free digital library, called the Korean War Memory Bank, that offers some 1,500 interviews with Korean War veterans conducted by the foundation.” It’s on the KWLF web site.

Family Oral Histories: Pre-Interview (State Archives of North Carolina)

State Archives of North Carolina: Family Oral Histories: Pre-Interview. “In this post, 2 out of 4, we will explore the pre-interview portion of creating oral histories. Specifically, we are interested in thinking about the physical and digital considerations and limitations about conducting oral history. You will learn how to take the thoughts, themes, and tailored questions you created in the planning stage and begin to apply them to the interview.”

Illinois News Bureau: Illinois artist’s virtual ‘Museum of Us’ lets everyone tell their stories

Illinois News Bureau: Illinois artist’s virtual ‘Museum of Us’ lets everyone tell their stories. “Artist Jorge Lucero recently invited people from around the world to meet via Zoom and share an object that was important in their lives – telling their stories through their belongings and turning the grid of video teleconferencing boxes into a cabinet of curiosities.”

The Advocate: Southern University’s library tells more stories of former slaves as it expands online archives

The Advocate: Southern University’s library tells more stories of former slaves as it expands online archives. “The John B. Cade Library at Southern University recently expanded its online archive of slave stories, accounts told by former slaves who were interviewed in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The stories further a collection that had been compiled by the library’s namesake, who began collecting them even before serving as a dean at Southern from 1939-61.”

The Conversation: HIV survivors’ stories show the loss, resilience and activism of the early years of AIDS pandemic

The Conversation: HIV survivors’ stories show the loss, resilience and activism of the early years of AIDS pandemic. “As multidisciplinary HIV researchers, we know how important it is to continue learning from these histories to improve HIV treatment, support and prevention efforts today. So far, we have conducted 116 oral history interviews with long-term survivors of HIV and their caregivers in British Columbia between 2017 and 2020 as part of the community-based HIV In My Day project. These interviews will soon be available in a publicly accessible digital archive.”

Yale News: Songs of survival from Yale’s Fortunoff Archive of Holocaust testimonies

Yale News: Songs of survival from Yale’s Fortunoff Archive of Holocaust testimonies. “‘Shtubuneltsto’ is revived on ‘Cry My Heart, Cry! Songs from Testimonies, Volume 2,’ the latest album of music drawn from the Fortunoff Archive’s collection of more than 4,400 video testimonies. In sharing their stories, the survivors occasionally recalled songs or poetry that touched them before or during the Holocaust. The new album and its 2019 predecessor, ‘Where is Our Homeland?,’ transform these memories into stylistically diverse collections of songs that showcase the rich cultures of the people who created, sang, and enjoyed them.” The music is free to listen to and there will be a virtual concert on April 28.

Digital time capsules: UNC Story Archive preserves oral histories for future generations (Daily Tar Heel)

Daily Tar Heel: Digital time capsules: UNC Story Archive preserves oral histories for future generations. “The University Library is looking for participants for its recently released UNC Story Archive, a program where members of the campus community can tell their stories — all in their own voice. The project is based in the Wilson Special Collections Library and is open to all members of the UNC community, including students, alumni and faculty. Nicholas Graham, the university archivist, said the goal of the project is to build a more comprehensive and representative record of the UNC experience — especially those of students.”

Western Carolina University: WNC Tomorrow Black Oral History Project brings 1980s-era recordings to digital age

Western Carolina University: WNC Tomorrow Black Oral History Project brings 1980s-era recordings to digital age. “Western Carolina University’s Special and Digital Collections at Hunter Library has digitized a collection of interviews conducted between 1986 and 1989 with Black residents from Western North Carolina, all of whom were older than 69 at the time. Recorded as part of the Western North Carolina Tomorrow Black Oral History Project are memories of interactions during segregation, life in the mountains as a Black person and the importance of church and school in the community. Their stories are of days spent sharecropping, service in the military and fighting in world wars, the civil rights movement and integration and other social changes in their lifetimes.”

Radio Connecting Vets: Military Women’s Memorial wants to hear from women veterans

Radio Connecting Vets: Military Women’s Memorial wants to hear from women veterans. “Women who have served in the U.S. armed forces have stories to tell — and the Military Women’s Memorial wants to help share them. The MWM recently launched a partnership with PenFed Credit Union to encourage military women and their families to preserve their experiences and submit their stories to the Military Women’s Memorial national registry.”

Toronto Star: Digital archive to help National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation access Residential School Survivor stories

Toronto Star: Digital archive to help National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation access Residential School Survivor stories. “The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) received $2,411,773 to restructure and decolonize its digital archival records to promote innovative research meaningful to Indigenous communities. Funding was provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant which will enable archivists to build a digital architecture for their archives, allowing for better access to the stories of Residential School Survivors.”

Central Jersey: Historical Society of Princeton digitizes 300 at-risk oral history recordings

Central Jersey: Historical Society of Princeton digitizes 300 at-risk oral history recordings. “Collections transferred include: Interviews conducted by the Princeton History Project, an oral history initiative during the 1970s and 1980s that documented the stories of Princeton residents alive at the turn-of-the-century; Interviews conducted by author Jamie Sayen in the 1970s with Albert Einstein’s Princeton friends and colleagues that provide an intimate look at a man with New Jersey connections and worldwide appeal; and Oral histories from the residents of Princeton’s historic African American and Italian American communities, including interviews conducted by author Kathryn Watterson for her award-winning book ‘I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton,’ published by the Princeton University Press in 2017.”

Georgia Public Library Service: “We Endure” Oral History Collection Documents Stories, Struggles of Cairo, Georgia’s African American Community

Georgia Public Library Service: “We Endure” Oral History Collection Documents Stories, Struggles of Cairo, Georgia’s African American Community. “Georgia Public Library Service has digitized over 80 oral history interviews held by the Roddenbery Memorial Library in Cairo, Georgia, and recorded during the early 1980s with African American residents of that area. The collection, titled ‘They Endure: A Chronicle of Courage,’ also includes 50 digitized slides depicting local African American churches and cemeteries in Grady County.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Hundreds of Holocaust Testimonies Translated, Digitized for the First Time

Smithsonian Magazine: Hundreds of Holocaust Testimonies Translated, Digitized for the First Time. “On Wednesday, people around the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day—the anniversary of the January 27, 1945, liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. Due to pandemic restrictions, survivors and educational groups couldn’t visit the sites of Nazi atrocities as they have in years past. But a new digital resource from the Wiener Holocaust Library in London offered an alternative for those hoping to honor the genocide’s victims while maintaining social distancing. As the library announced earlier this month, hundreds of its survivor testimonies are now available online—and in English—for the first time.”

BBC News: World War Two veterans’ memories collected for new archive

BBC News: World War Two veterans’ memories collected for new archive. “Landing on Juno Beach on D-Day, handing memos to Winston Churchill and working as a ‘land girl’ in the Women’s Land Army. These are just some of the remarkable memories of World War Two veterans whose stories are being collected for the West Wales Veterans Archive, which organisers say is an important and timely reminder of a turbulent chapter of history.”

DigitalNC from Home: Oral History Transcription (DigitalNC)

DigitalNC: DigitalNC from Home: Oral History Transcription. “Transcriptions are the written text of audio files, which are, in our case, recordings of oral histories. The oral histories on DigitalNC vary in length, ranging from two minutes, to two hours, and beyond. Typing out transcriptions from scratch takes time- a lot of time. To help us out, we use the transcription software, Sonix. Once an audio file has been uploaded to Sonix, the software ‘listens’ to and creates text of what it heard.”