UNLV University Forum with Juan Coronado

Juan Coronado, SOHA Co-President, will be speaking at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) for the University Forum. It is scheduled for Wednesday March 13. It is sponsored by the History Department, College of Education,  Oral History Research Center, SOHA, Phi Alpha Theta, and QUNLV.

“Giving Voice to Chicano Vietnam War POWs through Oral History” brings attention to the sacrifices Latinx veterans have contributed to the U.S. and sheds light on the Latinx experience in the U.S that too often is ignored in history and popular culture.

The Latinx community in the U.S. today is living during difficult social and political times. Despite Latinos playing an integral part in all aspects of U.S. society, including in the military, national rhetoric attempts to shift public sentiments, denies most of the contributions of Latinos and instead demonizes and dehumanizes them. The family separation crisis on the border this year speaks to this type of treatment. Further, Latinx veterans themselves face deportation and have been subject to deportation for quite some time.
Juan D. Coronado has produced the first academic work on Latino Vietnam War POWs. To do so he conducted in-depth oral histories with all surviving Chicano POWs. For several of these individuals, this was the 5rst time they spoke openly of their experiences while in captivity with anyone, including family. Published in 2018, his book I’m Not Gonna Die in this Damn Place: Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War (Michigan State University Press) provides more than an account of the military experience. From a Chicano perspective, this study also brings to life the conflicted era that saw the clashes of several movements, including the civil rights movements, the antiwar movement, and the women’s liberation movement. Coronado’s book has received praise by both academic reviewers and by military periodical reviewers and is intended for wider audiences.

JUAN DAVID CORONADO is a postdoctoral scholar at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. A native of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, he previously taught history at the University of Texas–Pan American. He is the coauthor of Mexican American Baseball in South Texas and serves on the board of the Southwest Oral History Association.


2019 SOHA Scholarship Applications

2018 Awardees in Fullerton, CA

The 2019 SOHA Scholarship Applications are online

SOHA Deadline for Applications:  February 2, 2019

Award Notifications: March 8, 2019

2019 Eva Tulene Watt Application

2019 General Scholarship Application

2019 Mini-grant Application

Please apply for our awards and attend the 2019 OHA Annual Meeting October 16-19, 2019 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The theme is “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History.”

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The submission portal is now open. See the 2019 Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines. The proposal deadline is February 3, 2019.


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 Eva Tulene Watt 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 General Scholarship 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 Mini-grant Application

US Asylum Seekers

US creating border crisis by stalling asylum cases, advocates say

Rights groups say it’s ‘inconceivable’ US prioritised fortifying border over processing asylum cases expeditiously.

Baja California state Governor Francisco Arturo Vega is urging migrants and refugees taking part in the exodus to spread out to other ports of entry along the border instead of further concentrating in Baja California, “to alleviate what we have here and to try to address and manage it with more promptness, with more efficiency.”

The long wait

Tabsangh’s wait to enter the US came as thousands of Central Americans, part of a mass exodus, trickled into Tijuana area to sign up on the waiting list to seek asylum in the US.

‘They said leave or else’: Why a Honduran family is fleeing to US

Many told Al Jazeera they are fleeing violence, poverty or political persecution. The first of the highly visible groups, originally dubbed caravans and now a self-denominated exodus, left Honduras last month.

More than 5,000 migrants and refugees are now in Tijuana, and most of them are staying in a local stadium complex that is more than 2,000 people over capacity. Subsequent waves of the exodus, largely from Honduras and El Salvador, are making their way up through Mexico.

How you can help by supporting the International Rescue Committee (IRC):

 Trump administration “asylum ban” violates existing law

  • On Nov. 19, a U.S. federal court in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s new “asylum ban,” saying it violates existing law and would cause irreparable harm to immigrants.
  • The IRC is strongly opposed to the administration’s decision to deny safe haven to families like those in the Central American caravan who are seeking asylum.
  • This ban would not address the root causes of this crisis: Current levels of violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are akin to those in the world’s deadliest war zones, and continue to increase.
  • The IRC is providing emergency support in El Salvador to families affected by violence. In the U.S., we are assisting families being reunified or released from federal custody, and those awaiting the outcome of their proceedings.
  • Read the IRC Statement

Immigration and Migration Oral History Projects/Collections

Bracero History Archive

National Park Service Ellis Island Oral Histories

University of Texas at El Paso Institute of Oral History

Northern Michigan University Italian-American Immigrant Oral History Catalog

Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Immigrant Oral Histories

Library of Congress, Interviews with Today’s Immigrants

Arab Immigration Oral History Digital Collection, University of Florida

PhilaPlace, Oral Interview Collection

Resources and Lesson Plans Related to Immigration/Migration and Oral Histories

Library of Congress, Teacher Resources-Immigration

The New Americans, PBS

National Park Service, Ellis Island–Oral Histories for Your Classroom

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Immigration History Lesson Plans

Bracero Archive, Teaching Resources

University of Minnesota Immigrant History Research Center Curriculum Plans

Archive of Immigrant Voices Lesson Plans

Teaching Contemporary Immigration with Oral History: Interview with Carlos Morales Lesson Plan

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.

The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History (COPH)

“In the autumn of 1959, Orange County State College opened its doors in schoolrooms borrowed from Fullerton Union High School. A year later classes moved to temporary buildings erected on the site of what had been a Valencia orange grove. In 1968, the name changed to California State College, Fullerton, and permanent buildings began to grace the campus. In February of that year, Professor Gary L. Shumway taught the first course in oral history techniques and methodology.

This course launched the Oral History Program. Professor Shumway organized the innovative Oral History Program under the  sponsorship of the History Department, the Library, and the   Patrons of the Library. The program’s aim was to record and preserve the experiences of  ordinary citizens who had been participants in or eyewitnesses to significant historical events.

In the intervening years, Cal State Fullerton, has attained its university status and has celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Oral History Program, the fourth oldest program in the state, has grown as well. In 2002, it became the center for Oral and Public History (COPH).

Today the program encourages individual students, university classes, faculty, and independent researchers from beyond the CSUF campus to study and interpret information found in its archived interview tapes and transcripts, photographs, and other ephemeral documentation.”

The Center for Oral and Public History provides the following forms to their students. Courses are offered through the History Department. Classes deposit oral histories and photos into the archive for long-term preservation. Public history courses uses the archival materials in exhibition design. Visit coph.fullerton.edu/studentinformation/index5.php for more details.

COPH Workshop

Barbara Tabach, SOHA Secretary and Newsletter Editor 

Barbara is the Project Director of the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV University Libraries. She has served as SOHA Secretary and Newsletter Editor since 2015.

Oral Historian, UNLV Oral History Research Center

Expertise: Collecting and organizing oral histories, Preserving family history, Las Vegas history


Barbara Tabach believes in the power of the human story and the value of collecting the voices that tell the stories. She is project manager and coordinator for the Oral History Research Center at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She collects oral histories and serves a leading role in the creation of two digital projects in UNLV Libraries’ Special Collections:

In addition, she has assisted with oral history projects of Las Vegas historic neighborhoods and longtime residents for the center.

Barbara is also an expert on techniques and methods for preserving personal and family histories. She has published two books on the topic: In Your Own Words and LifeCatching: The Art of Saving and Sharing Memories, co-authored with Polly Clark (Iowan Books).

Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in education from Drake University and did master’s studies in journalism at Iowa State University. She serves on the board of the Southwest Oral History Association.

Articles Featuring Barbara Tabach

Henry Kronberg
JAN 10, 2018


UNLV experts lead discussions during annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival Jan. 13-28

Visit https://www.unlv.edu/news/expert/barbara-tabach for more information.

OHA 2019 Conference CFP

To the left of Carlos is Adrienne Cain of Baylor University, who us the co-chair of the Program Committee for 2019, and to the right is Allison Tracy-Taylor, OHA Vice President.
Long-time SOHA leader & Arizona representative, Carlos Lopez, is co-chairing the OHA 2019 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. To the left of Carlos is Adrienne Cain of Baylor University. Adrienne is the 2019 Program Committee co-chair, and pictured on Carlos’ right, is Allison Tracy-Taylor, OHA Vice President.

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Please share the 2019 OHA Call for Proposals PDF. SOHA will be partnering in this joint annual meeting. We hope to see you in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2019! Visit www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting for more details.