OHA Update

The Oral History Association call for proposals has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2019. Please see oralhistory.org for submission guidelines. You will want to join SOHA at OHA for the 2019 Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2019 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel. The theme is “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History.” You will be able to attend fascinating panels and see Utah’s beautiful scenery.

According to Visit Salt Lake City, “To reach Big Cottonwood Canyon from Salt Lake City, take I-215 to the 6200 South “Canyons” exit and then continue east on U-152, following signs to Solitude and Brighton. This 15-mile scenic byway takes about one hour round trip. From the main road, this canyon narrows almost immediately into dramatic alpine scenery. This 15-mile drive provides access to excellent hiking, fishing, picnicking, rock climbing, and camping. During the mid-1800s, Old West miners sought their fortune in gold and silver ore here. Remnants of old mines can be spotted from trails winding up the slopes. Located in the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Big Cottonwood Canyon is home to Solitude and Brighton ski resorts. Both have full-service, year-round facilities. From Brighton there are several easy trails leading to various lakes, including Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Martha, and Dog Lake. The canyon is a protected watershed area and no dogs are permitted. Wilderness areas are located to the north and south.”

OHA 2019 Proposals

SOHA will be at OHA 2019! Join us by submitting conference proposals by February 3rd, 2019. Consider an individual paper presentation or collaborate with your colleagues on a session. You could participate in a roundtable, panel, performance, mini-workshop, listening station, or facilitated discussion! Visit oralhistory.org for more details.

#oralhistory #history #historians #southwest #archive #SOHA #narratives #conference #OHA2019

OHA 2019

2019 @ohassociation Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2019
Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah
Make plans to attend the 2019 Oral History Association Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Utah. The annual meeting attracts a broad range of people and features the best work in the #field. The meeting enables #students and both emerging and established #scholars to network and learn valuable skills. The theme for 2019 is “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History.”

The submission portal is now open. (Please note that you will have to create a new account, even if you have submitted proposals in the past.) To read more, see 2019 Call for Papers. #Submission Guidelines can be found at http://www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting/. The proposal deadline is February 3, 2019.

Historical Society of Southern California

HSSC 2019 Conference

Saturday, February 9, 2019
8:30am- 5:00pm

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330

The call for papers for the HSSC 2019 Conference is now posted.


  • Seeking submissions on the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Southern California, or related fields
  • Proposals for full panels strongly
  • Graduate student panels welcome.
  • Those submitting panel or roundtable proposals should include a brief (100-word) description of the panel, a 250-word abstract for each presentation, and a one-page c.v. for each
  • Those submitting individual papers should include a 250-word abstract and a one-page v.
  • AV requests should be included for each presenter in the proposal.
  • All program participants will be expected to pre-register for the conference.
  • Proposals are due Friday, November 9, 2018, by 11:59PM PST.
  • Please email your proposal information to hsscconference@thehssc.org
  • Panelists will be notified by Friday, November 30, 2018.

Contact HSSC Executive Director Amy Essington at executivedirector@thehssc.org with any questions.

OHA Flashback Friday

This Flackback Friday is from the 2017 Oral History Association meeting in Minnesota. Join the Oral History Association from October 10-14, 2018 at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Registration is open for the conference. Click here for more information.

SOHA 2019 Scholarships & Awards

2018 Awardees
2018 Awardees

You can apply to our 2019 SOHA scholarships and awards. Please do so by downloading the application. Visit http://southwestoralhistory.org/awards.html for additional details.

Eva Tulene Watt Scholarship for Native American Scholars:
Named in honor of Apache author and oral historian Eva Tulene Watt, who shared the story of her family and her people’s past through recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions (Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860-1975, with Keith Basso, University of Arizona, 2004), this SOHA scholarship enables indigenous oral history practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. As part of the award, the SOHA conference registration fee is waived and travel and hotel expenses are reimbursed up to an amount of $500. Recipients are not eligible for the Eva Tulene Watt scholarship two years in a row. A one-year SOHA membership will be included in the scholarship award. 2019 Application

General Scholarship:
SOHA awards two General Scholarships to oral historians and practitioners to attend and participate in the Annual SOHA Conference. Students, teachers, independent oral historians and individuals associated with nonprofit organizations in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply. Funding includes one cash award of $300 per recipient and should be applied toward travel and hotel expenses. The SOHA conference registration fee is waived. Recipients are not eligible for the General Scholarship two years in a row. A one-year SOHA membership will be included in the scholarship award. 2019 Application

SOHA awards up to three mini-grants each year totaling up to $1500. Funds may be used for interviewing, equipment, transcription, editing, publishing, and other oral history related expenses. Students, teachers, and independent researchers, historical societies, archives, museums, and non-profits in the general SOHA region are encouraged to apply to conduct research on the Southwest. Recipients may be invited to present their work at a SOHA conference within two years of receiving the Award. We also ask that recipients prepare a written report on their work for inclusion in SOHA’s newsletter within six months of receiving the award. 2019 Application

#SOHA2018 Day Three

We are excited to share some latest updates from the SOHA business meeting!

Fantastic panel this morning with Barbara Tabach, Project Manager, Oral History Research Center, UNLV Libraries; Secretary and Newsletter Editor, SOHA Board of Directors, Emily Lapworth, Digital Collections Librarian, and Aaron Mayes, Special Collections & Archives Visual Materials Curator, UNLV Libraries.

This panel was titled, “An Oral History Project for the Digital World of Now and the Future.” When #UNLV Libraries’ Oral History Research Center began the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project [SNJHP], two objectives were established: 1) create a digital collection that provides online access to historical resources about the local Jewish community and 2) initiate a strategic collecting initiative that ensures the preservation of and access to historical primary sources about this community. To capture the essence of the important contributions of Jews to the history of Las Vegas, new and existing oral histories were a major component. Collections of photos, documents, videos and newspapers have been digitized for the project. The SNJHP required the collaboration of many unique talents to make materials available on a dedicated web portal and in UNLV’s Special Collections & Archives.

These #ASU students participated in the Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion: “Our Stories, Nuestras Historias.” We are glad to have so many Sun Devils here!

Our #SOHA2018 keynote Maylei Blackwell shares her story at the Plenary Session / Brunch in the Fullerton Marriott Grand Ballroom.
Professor Maylei Blackwell is an interdisciplinary scholar activist, oral historian, and author of ¡Chicana Power!
Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement, published with University of Texas Press. She is Associate Professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies Department, and affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Professor Blackwell’s research has two distinct but interrelated trajectories that broadly analyze how women’s social movements in the U.S. and Mexico are shaped by questions of difference – factors such as race, indigeneity, class, sexuality or citizenship status – and how these differences impact the possibilities and challenges
of transnational organizing. Through collaborative and community-based research, Professor Blackwell has excavated genealogies of women of color feminism in the U.S. and accompanied indigenous women organizers in Mexico as well as feminist movements and sexual rights activists throughout Latin
American. Her most recent research with farm worker women and indigenous migrants seeks to better understand new forms of grassroots transnationalism.

Stan Rodriguez is a Kumeyaay/Iipay Ipai bird singer from Santa Ysabel Band of Digueño Indians reservation in San Diego County. He is an internationally recognized #linguist, #educator, #community #elder, and #storyteller.

And that’s a wrap! We hope to see you at @ohassociation 2018 in Montréal! Thank you @cophfullerton for hosting our SoCal Conference!

#SOHA2018 Day Two

Fantastic start to our Saturday sessions with our plenary, “Developing #Indigenous Community and Home-Based Oral Histories.”

The Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) is a treasure chest of talented individuals and a wellspring of templates for community curation, an opportunity for efficacious collaboration. This was the inspiration for the session, “Community Voices and Collaboration.”

#SOHA2018 afternoon session, “Panel: Queering Oral Histories in and through Community Productions.” This group discussed, “the role of oral histories as a #feminist intervention into the understudied subject of women whose varied careers, though often marginalized, have significantly contributed to film history. Participants will present clips from interviews produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Visual History Program and discuss their roles in capturing myriad voices of female filmmakers and craftspeople.”

Southwest Oral History Association has a stellar group of scholars who are not only colleagues, but friends. Join us for our final day of conference from 8am-12:45pm! Visit southwestoralhistory.org for details.

SOHA Co-president Juan Coronado presented the Mink Award to COPH Director Natalie Fousekis.

The Mink Award luncheon with awardee Dr. Natalie Fousekis with her Center for Oral and Public History and History Department colleagues: Drs. Varzally, Granata, and Cawthra. We congratulate her for her amazing contributions to the oral history field!

Refecting on the heritage and culture of the Fullerton area, you will find the once agricultural and oil field hub to be sprawling in development and diversity. CSUF University Historian and founder of the History department, Lawrence de Graff, showcased these 200 acres of orange groves which became a collage in his book, The Fullerton Way: Fifty Years at California State University, Fullerton. He was our honored guest during our Mink Award luncheon.

Tonight we gather at the CSUF Pollak Library for a plenary session, “A Special Tribute to Claytee White: ‘I Have The Best Job in the Universe’.” Barbara Tabach, SOHA Secretary and Newsletter Editor and Dr. Claytee White are part of the UNLV community. We are delighted to showcase her work in Las Vegas and beyond.

We have had ASU Sun Devils have their work featured in the roundtable, “Creating an Exhibit Based on Oral Histories in One Semester: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Possibilities from an Undergraduate Perspective.” Alexa Irizarry Moore is a senior at Arizona State University. She majoring in History with a double minor in Spanish and Criminology. She is the descendant of Mexican and Cuban immigrants. Her family’s heritage inspired her to study
abroad in Cuba, leading her to realize her interest in becoming an immigration lawyer.

Join us for the SOHA Business Meeting that is open to all SOHA members on Sunday, April 29th from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Fullerton Marriott.


Welcome to #SOHA2018! Visit our registration table in the Fullerton Marriott. We are excited you are here with us!

#oralhistory #conference #CA #Fullerton #CSUF