Fall 2016 Newsletter

We hope you enjoy our Fall/Winter Newletter! Please become a SOHA member to receive a copy emailed directly to you with many other benefits. Consider becoming or gifting a lifetime membership for $250. Thank you for being a part of our community. We hope to see you at our next conference in Arizona!

Call for Proposals



APRIL 27-29, 2017 – Doubletree Inn, Tempe, AZ

Looking Forward: Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History

For some communities, especially in the Southwest, oral history has been the primary form of history and a foundation of cultural and societal values. Likewise, underrepresented groups can find themselves left out of official histories, with stories as their only record. Oral history as methodology, therefore, needs to involve more than conducting an interview. Learning and gathering the stories of various communities and unheard voices inspires many of us to share them in the present and preserve them for the future. Join us in Tempe, AZ for our annual SOHA conference in 2017, where we will share, observe, and collaborate on the fascinating work being done in the field of oral history throughout our region and beyond. We encourage all members, friends, and supporters to attend and to participate on a panel, roundtable, performance, workshop, or other form of involvement.

The Program Committee invites proposals that cover a variety of oral history topics on the general theme of Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History. Students are especially encouraged to participate. SOHA members typically represent Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, and western Texas, but our roster includes members from all over the U.S. There are no geographical limits to who can participate and share experiences. We are interested in hearing from oral historians—practitioners, community organizations, professionals, students — from all parts of the country.

Proposal submission deadline: December 2, 2016

Please find further submission guidelines at http://www.southwestoralhistory.org

Presentation submissions should include a title, short abstract, and presenter bio or CV.

Full panel and roundtable submissions are highly encouraged.

We will create panels from related individual proposals as needed. All submissions will be acknowledged; please contact us if you do not receive a reply. Notification of Acceptance letters will be sent no later than January 20, 2017.

Current SOHA membership and 2017 conference pre-registration are required of all program participants. SOHA annual membership runs with the calendar year: January through December.

The Program Committee also welcomes those who are willing to serve as commentators or panel chairs. If you plan to attend the SOHA 2017 annual conference and would be willing to serve in either capacity, please e-mail a brief CV, description of your area of expertise, and topics of special interest to soha@unlv.edu by December 16, 2016. Please put “2017 Chair or Commentator” in the Subject line.

Questions? Contact the SOHA office: soha@unlv.edu or call 702-895-5011.

2017 Conference Proposals

The 2017 SOHA Conference will be April 27-29 in Tempe, AZ! Don’t miss an opportunity to present your research to this diverse community of participants. We love seeing new practitioners to project directors share their research.  The proposal deadline is December 2nd. Visit southwestoralhistory.org/conference for more details.

SOHA 2017 Conference

SOHA 2017 Conference

Put April 27-29, 2017 and Tempe, Arizona on your calendar now! That is the date and place for the 2017 SOHA Annual Meeting. The Conference Planning Committee, led by 1st Vice President Carlos Lopez, is planning a great conference. Please let us know if you would like to get involved: contact us at soha@unlv.edu

Call for Proposals
Submission Guidelines
Individual Submission Form
Panel Submission Form

Visit www.southwestoralhistory.org/conference for the latest details.

OHA Conference

2016 OHA Local Arrangements Chair Karen Harper and President Doug Boyd at the 35th SOHA Anniversary celebration.

#oha2016 #soha2016 #longbeach

Free Online Archives Workshop

Caring for Archives: Fundamentals for Everyone


Does your institution have an archive? Is it maintained for research, exhibitions, or just the records and papers that mark the history of your institution? How do you care for your archives? Or, don’t you? Whether your archives are carefully curated or simply grew over the years, what is the best approach to preserving those important materials and how does their preservation differ from other collections that you have under your care?

This webinar will cover the basics of archives preservation within a framework of risk management. Some issues discussed will be familiar to other areas of collection care, while others will speak to the particularities of archival collections. Topics will include: storage environments, housings, care and handling, collection surveys, security, integrated pest management, disaster planning, and digital preservation.


fltecher_durantFletcher Durant is the Preservation Librarian at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries. His work focuses on the preventive conservation of library and archival materials, the sustainability of cultural heritage, and risk management. He is a trained book and paper conservator and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. Prior to joining the University of Florida, he was the Preservation Archivist for NYU Libraries and an Assistant Conservator for Special Collection at the New York Public LIbrary. He received his MSIS and CAS in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Wesleyan University.

​Visit www.connectingtocollections.org/caring-for-archives to register today!

How Oral History Preserves San Diego’s Past, Present, and Future – Voice of San Diego


On Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00am – 12:30pm, San Diego History Center is offering an Oral History Workshop to the public. The fee is $15 for SDHC and San Diego Genealogical Society Members, and $25 for Non-Members. This introductory workshop discusses the importance of oral history and all aspects of how to do it. Join SDHC in learning how you can add to the diverse tapestry of our region’s narratives.

For more information, please visit SDHC online at http://www.sandiegohistory.org.