Voices of the Golden State

The California State Library has begun work on a new website, Voices of the Golden State. This website will feature oral histories that recount California’s rich history and heritage. In focusing on California’s history, the ever-growing collection will especially highlight the state’s diversity. Additionally, it will be a platform through which oral history programs and archives can promote their work and collections. With this announcement, we hope you’ll consider contributing interviews to the site.

To provide guidance to both potential contributors and users of the site, the Library developed a Statement on Diversity. Here’s an excerpt:

As this page seeks to explore California’s rich diversity, we will strive to include interviewees of different races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, economic backgrounds, immigration status, abilities, as well as voices from all the geographic regions of the state. Because California is one of the largest economies in the world, these interviews will reveal the multitude of industries that exist in the state, and the experiences of those who have worked in these industries. Finally, the interviews will reflect the importance of civic involvement and political action in California’s history and how Californians from many backgrounds have meaningfully engaged in this work.

Information on how to contribute interviews will be available closer to the site’s launch later this fall. There will not be a limit on how many oral histories a program or archive can contribute, but submissions will be reviewed and featured on a schedule. The success of Voices of the Golden State will rely on contributing programs opening their oral history collections. We hope you’ll join us in this endeavor.

Allison K. Tracy-Taylor

Project Lead, Voices of the Golden State

California State Library

Read more from the Fall 2019 SCA Newsletter!

Allison is the OHA President and a SOHA member.

Texas Oral History Association (TOHA)

“TOHA is a network for oral history practitioners that promotes the use of professional interviewing and archiving standards. Explore our site to discover who we are and what we do. We invite you to join us in our adventure to better understand both the present and the past through recording the voices of eyewitnesses to history. TOHA, an affiliate of the Oral History Association, is hosted by the Baylor University Institute for Oral History.

We are excited to announce that next year’s meeting will be located in the beautiful, vibrant, and weird Austin, TX! Austin is a great, central location for the conference and with so many sites and wonderful restaurants, conference attendees will have lots to see and to do around the city.

The 2019 conference will be held April 26-27, on the campus of St. Edward’s University, and is being sponsored by both their Journalism & Digital Media Program and the Department of History. TOHA is extremely grateful for their generosity—and a special thank you to TOHA member Jena Heath for the offer to host our conference there.

Registration is now open! Please visit www.baylor.edu/toha/2019conference to register for this year’s event. We ask that everyone register by April 22, 2019.”

Don’t forget to review TOHA’s Oral History Technology Page:

This page is a companion piece to an article entitled “Brave New World: A Guide to Twenty-First Century Technology for Oral History,” published in the 2017 edition of the Sound Historian. The links listed below, organized by section, mostly correspond to theitalic text found in the article. Additional or alternative links will be provided over time as technology progresses. The hope is that this page will continue to be updated twice yearly so that recent trends can be fully represented. In general, please consider also consulting the wonderful resource website Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) for additional information and discussions on many of these topics.


Digital Audio Recording

Digital Audio Recorders

Preferred brands: MarantzTascam, & Zoom

Entry-level professional recorder – Tascam DR-40

BUIOH flagship recorder – Marantz PMD661MKII

OHDA Recorder Selection Tool

How-to guide for setting audio levels

Smartphones as Recorders

Smartphone microphone attachments for iPhone: Zoom iQ6/7Rode IXYLShure MOTIV line

Quality smartphone recording applications (iOS): Recorder PlusShurePlus MOTIV, & Voice Record Pro

Quality smartphone recording applications (Android): Recorder PlusShurePlus MOTIV, & Voice Recorder Pro

Long Distance Recording

List of telephone audio interfaces

JK Audio QuickTap

Skype recording application list

Pamela

Olympus Telephone Recording Device (for recording cell phone calls externally)

Microphones

OHDA Microphone Selection Tool


Digital Preservation

BUIOH cost schedule/time committment breakdown

Digital File Management

BWF Metaedit

MetaX (Now supported as MetaZ)

Article on File Fixity

Fastsum

CheckSum+

Short-Term Digital Storage

Cloud Storage: BoxDropbox, & Google Drive

Long-Term Digital Storage

Cold Storage: Amazon Glacier & Backblaze


Digital Processing

Audio-Visual Editing Software

Audacity

Adobe Audition

Wavelab

iZotope RX 6

Windows Movie Maker – As of January 2017 WMM is no longer supported by Microsoft, and therefore no longer available to download. If you do not already have a version installed on your PC, please consult this Techradar article for free alternatives.

iMovie

Adobe Premiere Pro

Final Cut Pro

Transcription Software

Foot pedals for transcription

FTW Transcriber

StartStop

Express Scribe

Dragon NaturallySpeaking – Oral History Review blogpost on this topic

Trint


Digital Tools for Access

Websites and Databases

WordPress

Omeka

Curatescape

Waco History

PC Magazine’s review of web hosting services

Online Content Hosting Options

YouTube

Vimeo

Soundcloud

The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)

Information and sign-up site

BUIOH’s recent use of OHMS

Social Media

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Hootsuite

Waco History Facebook account

Waco, Texas History in Pictures Facebook group (requires you to be logged into Facebook)

ASU Archives Collections

Arizona State University Archives Collections

University Publications
Archives has preserved over 15,000 volumes of official university publications, including general and graduate catalogs, yearbooks, campus newspapers and newsletters, magazines, sports media guides and programs, and research monographs.
Archival Collections
The ASU Presidential Papers include materials of each principal and president that document virtually every element of the educational and social experience at the university from 1885 to the present. Correspondence and research files from other administrative offices provide detail and perspective on many of the same issues represented in the Presidential Papers.
Manuscript Collections
Collections of papers from individual faculty members, administrators and alumni are an important source of information on the educational experience and the research mission of this institution. The Agnes Smedley Collection contains significant letters and publications produced by this socialist human rights activist in America and China. The collection is accompanied by the research materials of Dr. Stephen MacKinnon, her biographer. The papers of Kathryn Gammage, wife of President Grady Gammage, offer important information on the experience of one of ASU’s first families and Mrs. Gammage’s distinguished career at the ASU Development Office. A number of smaller collections of letters, scrapbooks, and diaries describe campus life from the days before air conditioning and the development of Phoenix as a commercial, industrial, and recreational center.
Photographic Collections
The University Archives Photograph Collection consists of approximately 30,000 prints, 80,000 negatives, and 6,500 slides that document many aspects of university history and campus life. Images of most university buildings and portraits of a number of ASU faculty, staff, and alumni are available. Many images depict changes in campus life and document educational, social, cultural, and athletic events.
Oral History Collections
University Archives established a continuing oral history program with the completion of the ASU Founding Deans Oral History Project. Interviews with the first dean of each ASU college and with the first Dean of the ASU Library are now available. Oral histories of many other members of the ASU community are planned for the future.
Audio-Visual Materials
Audio recordings and videotapes in various formats have also been preserved at University Archives. Audio recordings include renditions of the ASU Alma Mater by the Sun Devil Marching Band and performances by faculty and students from the School of Music. The inaugurations of presidents J. Russell Nelson and Lattie F. Coor have been captured on videotapes maintained with the Archives collections.

Visit https://lib.asu.edu/archives/collections for more information.

13th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Archives Bazaar

13th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

EXHIBITOR REGITRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please email Liza Posas at posas@usc.edu to be put on the waiting list.

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

DOWNLOAD SAVE-THE-DATE POSTCARD

All Day. All in one Place.

Come and celebrate the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions.

In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, day-long programming will feature preservation workshops and enlightening presenatations.

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website.

Visit https://laassubject.org/archives-bazaar for additional details.

Latina History Project

Latina

The Latina History Project (LHP) at Southwestern University is “Co-directed by faculty members Dr. Brenda Sendejo (Anthropology) and Dr. Alison Kafer (Feminist Studies) the LHP is a faculty-student research project that aims to enhance undergraduate education and provide resources on Latina/o and Chicana/o history in the Central Texas region. While the project began with the goal of digitizing the ‘Rostros y Almas/Faces and Souls’ exhibit on local Tejanas, it has grown to encompass the broader mission of enhancing understandings of Latina/o and Chicana/o history. The LHP does so through the collection of oral histories from past and present members of Southwestern community as well as several activists, including key figures in the Chicana/o Movement in Texas.” Explore their Omeka collection and discover oral histories such as Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva’s narrative.

View their online exhibits here: http://latinahistoryproject.omeka.net/exhibits

Oral History Project

Anthropology and Oral History: the Latina History Project in the News

The Legacy of La Raza Unida: Anthropology professor’s research focuses on early Chicana activists in Texas

[True] Stories Webinar on Oral History Methods, Dr. Brenda Sendejo

Unboxing the Buried Seeds of My Belonging

 

University of Arizona Special Collections & Exhibit

This collection contains a wide variety of interviewees over many years. Interviewees include Arizona pioneers and prominent citizens. As well, histories include narrations by pioneers themselves and discuss how families came to live in certain parts of Arizona. The collection is organized alphabetically by interviewee. It comprised a wide variety of topics and subject matter. A brief overview of subject matter discussed in the oral histories is provided with the individuals name.

Visit http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/collections/oral-history-collection for more information.

Visions of the Borderlands Exhibition

Date:

Monday, January 23 to Friday, June 30

Curator:

Bob Díaz & Verónica Reyes-Escudero

Since the 1800’s, American popular culture has been filled with romanticized depictions about the West and the US Mexican border. These stereotypes became conventions in Western novels which typically include plots that portray conflicts between “law abiding” Americans and “blood thirsty” Indians who are typically regarded “savages” and treated as “other”. The Mexican border is typically portrayed as “lawless,” and Mexicans are usually described as dirty “bandidos”. Only American law and justice can bring peace in these works. Hollywood has also perpetuated these myths as evidenced in the abundance of Western films produced throughout the 20th Century the majority of which include stereotyped portrayals of Indians and Mexicans.

Tourism was an important enterprise in the first half of the twentieth century Southwest which also perpetuated a number of myths about the West and the border. In order to attract visitors to places like Tucson, groups such as the Tucson Sunshine Climate Club created promotional materials showing lots of open space, people enjoying the sunshine by a cool, clean swimming pool, and lots of fun “cowboy” like activities, such as horseback riding and cattle drives. Dude ranches, where “real” cowboys worked, were also in abundance and owners and promoters of these businesses, typically portrayed the region as having a mild, sunny climate, with lots of opportunities to engage in a variety of outdoor activities.

Visions of the Borderlands: Myths and Realities is an exhibition inspired by two works published by the University of Arizona Press, Celluloid Pueblo by Jennifer L. Jenkins and Postcards from the Sonora Border by Daniel D. Arreola. There is a reality and a myth of the U.S.–Mexico borderlands, propagated through multiple lenses. Featuring material depicting both reality and myth through photography, posters, pamphlets, and written documentation, this exhibit centers on important areas of enterprise for the Southwest such as photography and film; copper mining; tourism; and cattle ranching. It also expresses issues of discord such as the Mexican Revolution, mining strikes, and immigrant exclusionary legislation of the time.

Visit http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/visions-borderlands for more exhibit information.

 

The University of Nevada Oral History Archive

The University of Nevada Oral History Archive is a database containing the transcripts of several hundred oral histories documenting Nevada’s communities, events, and people. The interviews, which date from the mid-1960s to the present, contain firsthand recollections of topics including mining, ranching, casino gaming, university history, politics and government, Great Basin Indians, and the experiences of various ethnic groups in the settlement and development of the West. The collection also features numerous biographical volumes of individuals whose lives illuminate important themes in the history of the state and region.

Many of these interviews were conducted by the University of Nevada Oral History Program, which was founded in 1964. Others were sponsored by or produced in partnership with local, regional, and national organizations including the Center for Basque Studies, Nevada Humanities, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the Regional Transportation of Washoe County (RTC Washoe), and the Library of Congress.

Many of the oral histories included here are connected to other manuscript and photograph collections found in Special Collections and University Archives.

Audio Recordings

In many cases, the audio recordings from which these transcripts are derived are available to researchers upon request. However, because the verbatim transcripts often were reviewed and corrected by the persons interviewed, the edited transcripts are generally recognized as the account of record and may depart from the original recordings in sequencing and content.

Permissions

The oral histories contained in this archive may be freely downloaded and/or printed for personal reference and educational use. Requests for permission to use transcripts or recordings for other purposes should be directed to the Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, (775) 682-5665, specoll@unr.edu.

Visit http://contentdm.library.unr.edu/explore/UNOHPExplore/UNOHP-home.html for more information.

Stories from the Women, Politics, and Activism Project

The “Women, Politics, and Activism Project,” at the Center for Oral and Public History focuses on the political lives and actions of Southern California women from the 1960s to the present.   This project centers on conducting more than 100 new oral histories and making accessible another 45 recently recorded interviews with a diverse group of women activists and former elected officials.  By recording women’s memories, we are demonstrating the myriad of ways women have participated in politics from formal, elected office to local community-based organizations.  These oral histories highlight how as individuals and collectively women have made a difference in the types of policies enacted by county and municipal governments in Los Angeles and Orange County.  These interviews also help us understand the reasons why women decide to take political action and, perhaps, shed light on why a gender gap still exists in Americans’ political ambitions (men are still far more likely to run for office than women).  This project also explores the important role women have played in influencing politics and policy in Southern California from outside – as leaders and members, for example, of women’s organizations, environmental organizations, and groups that advocate for workers, the poor, and the disabled.

Visit http://coph.fullerton.edu/WPA/index.php for more information.

Vietnamese American Oral History Project

About Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project

Life Stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California

 

Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California, Irvine actively assembles, preserves, and disseminates the life stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. The project contributes to expanding archives on Vietnamese Americans with the primary goal of capturing first-generation stories for students, researchers, and the community. Launched in 2011, VAOHP is housed in the Department of Asian American Studies in the School of Humanities and collaborates with the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive.

There are over 1.8 million Vietnamese Americans in the United States, with the largest concentration of Vietnamese residing in Southern California. Since the 1970s, Vietnamese Americans have dramatically transformed Southern California’s demographics and landscape, and this project aims to represent the diversity of their experiences.

Our objective is to capture the oral histories of first generation Vietnamese Americans who have memories of life in Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and the displacement and resettlement of refugees from Vietnam. Viet Stories plays an instrumental role in documenting their histories and legacies in order to preserve their stories for future generations.

These audio- and/or video-taped life stories include Vietnamese and/or English-language transcripts of the interviews, brief summaries, time logs, and photographs of narrators. Some narrators have also contributed additional materials such as their own photographs and documents to be preserved with their stories. Aligned with the purpose of training future generations of leaders, faculty train UC Irvine students to conduct oral histories in their courses, such as in Linda Trinh Vo’s Research Methodologies/Field Research class and Tram Le’s Vietnamese American Experience class. These comprise a number of the “sub-collections” within Viet Stories.

Dr. Linda Trinh Vo is the Director of Viet Stories and is a Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies. Tram Le is the Associate Director of Viet Stories. Viet Stories Advisory Committee members include Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, Professor, Department of History and Chair of Chicano/Latino Studies; Dr. James Kyung-Jin Lee, former Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian American Studies; Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, Archivist, Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA) and Inaugural Viet Stories Project Director (now titled Associate Director); Audra Eagle Yun, the UCI Libraries’ Head of Special Collections; Christina J. Woo, Research Librarian for Chicano/Latino Studies, Linguistics, Women’s Studies, Athletics, and Music; Rina Carvalho, Department Manager, Department of Asian American Studies; and Daniel Do-Khanh, Esq., former President, Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA)- UCI alumni chapter. Viet Stories is grateful for assistance by multiple staff from the UCI Libraries, including Mark Vega, Programmer; and Sylvia Irving, Graphic Designer.

We wish to thank Michelle Light, formerly UCI Libraries’ Head of Special Collections, for her contributions to the digitalization of the interviews as well as Matthew McKinley, former UCI Libraries Digital Projects Specialist. We also would like to thank Caroline McGuire and Kasey Ning, former Department Managers, Department of Asian American Studies.

Viet Stories also collaborates with individuals and organizations to gather and house previously completed and ongoing oral history projects. Viet Stories is collaborating with the 500 Oral Histories Project by the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation based in Texas by transcribing, translating, and digitizing their Southern California interviews. This partnership will further both our objectives of actively preserving Vietnamese American history.

If you would like to learn how you could volunteer for this project, to recommend an individual whose story should be preserved, or would like to know about how you can collaborate with Viet Stories, please contact Tram Le at vaohp@uci.edu. Viet Stories is supported by generous donations from individual donors and foundations. We welcome your donations to sustain and expand our collection.

Attend the UCI Spring Exhibit Opening Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive, May 16, 2017.

For more information visit news.lib.uci.edu/ or contact Charla Batey, Communications & Events Officer at cbatey@uci.eduor 949-824-4658.