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.”

Digital Primary Resources: Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII (HNet)

HNet: Digital Primary Resources: Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII. “The Blavatnik Archive (BAF) is pleased to announce that 2,700 of 12,921 total items in the Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection are fully digitized, cataloged, and accessible online… BAF’s Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection, the largest collection in the world on the experience of Jews in the ranks of the Soviet armed forces during WWII, was launched in 2006. Nearly 1,200 unique video testimonies by veteran soldiers and partisans have been recorded in eleven countries, mostly during the period of 2006-2014.”

EurekAlert: National campaign to capture stories of hope and transformation through living donation

EurekAlert: National campaign to capture stories of hope and transformation through living donation. “The Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC), in partnership with the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation and One Lambda, Inc. (onelambda.com), part of Thermo Fisher Scientific and leading producer of in vitro diagnostic products for the HLA transplant community, has launched a six-month mass media campaign for kidney and transplant patients, living donors, and medical providers to raise awareness about the innovative resources available through the Living Donation Storytelling Project. The campaign aims to capture the stories of 500 living donors and inspire, educate and promote living donor kidney transplant (LDKT).”

KLCC: Oregon Historical Society Adds ‘The Immigrant Story’ Series To Digital Collection

KLCC: Oregon Historical Society Adds ‘The Immigrant Story’ Series To Digital Collection. “Recorded interviews from immigrants across the state are now available on the Oregon Historical Society’s digital archive. The collection comes from the ongoing series The Immigrant Story. With over 170 interviews conducted since 2017, founder and president of The Immigant Story series, Sankar Raman said there are three common themes found in these stories: resiliency, a willingness to give back, and gratitude.”

Brooklyn Paper: New Website Brings To Life Oral Histories Of Muslims In Brooklyn

Brooklyn Paper: New Website Brings To Life Oral Histories Of Muslims In Brooklyn . “A new website from the Brooklyn Historical Society sheds light on the history and experiences of Muslims in Kings County through dozens of oral histories — allowing outsiders to view the borough through a Muslim’s perspective, while preserving the recordings for future generations, said the project’s creator.”

Neos Kosmos: Greek survivors voice painful memories of the German occupation

Neos Kosmos: Greek survivors voice painful memories of the German occupation. “When contemporary witnesses speak of their experiences during the WW2 German invasion and occupation of Greece between 1941 and 1944, history comes alive. Before an online video archive of their voices could be made by historians of both countries a lot of persuasion work was needed because the resource was co-funded by the German government.”

Washington Post: ‘Heroes, right?’

Washington Post: ‘Heroes, right?’. “Nobody wants to know about what I do. People might pay us lip service and say we’re heroes, but our stories aren’t the kind anyone actually wants to hear about. Kids in this country grow up with toy firetrucks, or maybe playing cops and robbers, but who dreams of becoming a paramedic? That’s ambulances. That’s death and vulnerability — the scary stuff. We’re taught in this culture to shun illness like it’s something shameful. We’d rather pretend everything’s fine. We look the other way.”