I thought I must have indexed this but I can’t find it anywhere so, new-to-me: New voices added to Yale Library’s collection of music oral histories. “The recordings will add the voices of two more gospel artists to [Oral History of American Music]’s growing collection, Major Figures in American Music. The collection now contains more than 1,400 recorded interviews, dating from 1970 to the present day, with noted composers and musicians.”
New Bern Sun Journal: African American voices from New Bern’s past come alive in new Oral History Library
New Bern Sun Journal: African American voices from New Bern’s past come alive in new Oral History Library. “Examples include Ben Watford, founding President of the James City Historical Society, discussing the James City Crockett-Miller Slave Quarters; a look at the history of St. Peter’s AME Zion Church; an episode about former slave George Henry White, an attorney and politician who served in the U.S. Congress from 1897 to 1901; a look at the history of New Bern’s Pleasant Hill community with Alderman Barbara Best and retired educators Mark Best and Nancy Allen; and a 2012 interview with Luke Martin, an accomplished brick mason who was the son of a former slave who served in the United States Colored Troops.”
USC Shoah Foundation: Public Launch of the New Visual History Archive. “Join us on campus or on Zoom for the public launch of USC Shoah Foundation’s new Visual History Archive (VHA) platform. With advanced new search functions and robust project management tools, the new VHA enables scholars, researchers and educators to connect with the 55,000 testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors and witnesses in a way that has never been possible until now.” November 9th, virtual and in-person. Admission is free but you have to register.
USC Shoah Foundation: Towards recommendations for working with Holocaust testimony in the digital age
USC Shoah Foundation: Towards recommendations for working with Holocaust testimony in the digital age. “In this lecture, Dr Walden will present the initial outcome of the two workshops on the theme ‘digitally recording, recirculating and remixing testimony’ which brought together scholars, archivists, Holocaust educators, artists and filmmakers from the UK, USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Israel, including colleagues who have been involved in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony project.” The event appears to be free but registration is required. It’s via Zoom.
Fox 26 Houston: University of Houston highlighting city’s resilience during Hurricane Harvey. “Entitled Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey, viewers may access an online archive of oral history interviews from residents across the city, learn how different communities were affected, and how people stepped up to assist their neighbors.”
Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations
Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations. “Memories of the August 14, 1947 partition of India and Pakistan ‘nearly disappeared into the abyss of time,’ said the founder of an online archive dedicated to preserving oral histories of the time so that ‘history will not be forgotten.’”
The Canadian Encyclopedia: How to Make an Oral History Podcast. “This toolkit has been created to help you through the steps of creating an oral history podcast: how to conduct research, how to interview subjects, and how to incorporate an interview into a script that tells a story. It introduces activities, in-person or virtual, that guide students in planning their own podcast episodes.” A 12-page resource presented as a digital booklet. Looks like it would be useful for teachers, but also for genealogists; it provides lots of ideas about interviewing people for their oral histories.
StoryCorps: Press Release: New StoryCorps Mobile App Launches July 18. “StoryCorps, the nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing humanity’s stories, today launches a new free mobile app, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. From one device, the StoryCorps App allows anyone, anywhere, to conveniently prepare for and record a high-quality interview for preservation in the online StoryCorps archive and eventually at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.”
Princeton Alumni Weekly: Katherine Clifton ’15 Is Listening to the Stories of Refugees. “Not everyone listens carefully to other people these days — but Katherine Clifton ’15 does. She’s spent the past few years helping to collect about 180 recordings of global migrants telling their stories for a project through Princeton’s Office of Religious Life (ORL). The result, a treasure trove of voices and experiences, is about to be officially launched online June 21, timed with the United Nations’ World Refugee Day.”
NPR: A new app guides visitors through NYC’s Chinatown with hidden stories. “Composer George Tsz-Kwan Lam has always liked writing music inspired by places. ‘There are all these places in Chinatown that are both hidden and meaningful,” he says, stepping out of the way of passersby while leading a tour of the neighborhood. “To uncover some of those hidden things in a city walk that you might not ordinarily notice — I wondered, is there a piece in that?’ It turns out there’s not just a piece, but a whole app.”
Baylor University: Texas Oral History Association, Baylor University Libraries Launch Initiative to Locate, Make Accessible State’s Collections of Oral Memoirs
Baylor University: Texas Oral History Association, Baylor University Libraries Launch Initiative to Locate, Make Accessible State’s Collections of Oral Memoirs. “A new statewide initiative of the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) and the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) seeks to create a publicly-accessible listing of all known oral history collections in Texas thanks to a new project called the Texas Oral History Locator Database, or TOLD.”