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.”

Black History Month

David S. Cunningham being sworn in as Los Angeles City Councilman, Calif., 1973Miriam Matthews, Angelique DeLavallade and unidentified individuals, Los Angeles, 1940sAquarius Bookstore, Los Angeles (Calif.) - Alfred Ligon with his wife.Henry Stephenson and Francis Williams in Her Sister's Secret

In celebration of Black History Month, here are some interviews from the UCLA collection:

African-American History Oral Histories

African-American Architects of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

African American Artists of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

African Americans in Entertainment and Media (Series Detail)

Allensworth Community (Series Detail)

Baseball, Race, and Los Angeles: An Oral History of Negro Leaguers of Southern California (Series Detail)

Black Educators in Los Angeles, 1950-2000 (Series Detail)

Black Leadership in Los Angeles (Series Detail)

Black Music and Musicians in Los Angeles: Spirituals, Gospel, Jazz, and Spoken Word (Series Detail)

Black Politicians of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

Black Women Activists in Los Angeles, 1950-2000 (Series Detail)

Hollywood in the Civil Rights Era (Series Detail)

Oakwood Video Project: Activists in the African American Community of Venice, California (Series Detail)

Recollections about Ralph Bunche (Series Detail)

Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles (Series Detail)

Twenty-Five Years of Community Organizing and Institution Building in the Aftermath of Watts: 1965-1990 (Series Detail)

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The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History

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 Marcia M. Gallo, UNLV Associate Professor and SOHA Co-President wrote “Sexual Minorities and Sexual Rights” in The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender HistoryIt was edited by Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa G. Materson, UC Davis History Professors.

Oxford Handbooks

  • Engages with transnational and multiracial perspectives across six centuries of American history
  • Includes political, cultural, and social history perspectives
  • Treats women’s and gender history as an integrated field
  • Brings together multiple generations of leading scholars

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction: Women, Gender, and American History
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa G. Materson


1. Gender Frontiers and Early Encounters
Kathleen M. Brown

2. Manhood and the US Republican Empire
Toby L. Ditz

3. Women and Conquest in the American West
Deena J. González

4. Women, Gender, Migration, and Modern US Imperialism
Lorena Oropeza


5. Women, Unfree Labor, and Slavery in the Atlantic World
Marisa J. Fuentes

6. Women, Power, and Families in Early Modern North America
Sarah M. S. Pearsall

7. Women and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century
Daina Ramey Berry and Nakia D. Parker

8. Women’s Labors in Industrial and Post-Industrial America
Eileen Boris and Lara Vapnek


9. Public and Print Cultures of Sex in the Long Nineteenth Century
Patricia Cline Cohen

10. Interracial Sex, Marriage, and the Nation
Mary Ting Yi Lui

11. Reproduction, Birth Control, and Motherhood in the United States
Rickie Solinger

12. Sexual Coercion in America
Sharon Block

13. Gender, the Body, and Disability
Rebecca Kluchin

14. Transgender Representations, Identities, and Communities
Jen Manion


15. Women, Trade, and the Roots of Consumer Societies
Serena R. Zabin

16. Gender and Consumption in the Modern United States
Tracey Deutsch

17. Women at Play in Popular Culture
M. Alison Kibler

18. Women, Gender, and Religion in the United States
Ann Braude


19. Religion, Reform, and Anti-Slavery
Margaret Washington

20. Women’s Rights, Suffrage, and Citizenship, 1789-1920
Ellen Carol DuBois

21. Women, Gender, Race, and the Welfare State
Rhonda Y. Williams

22. US Feminisms and Their Global Connections
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

23. Sexual Minorities and Sexual Rights
Marcia M. Gallo

24. Women, Gender, and Conservatism in Twentieth-Century America
Michelle Nickerson


25. Women, War, and Revolution
Kate Haulman

26. Women, the Civil War, and Reconstruction
Hannah Rosen

27. Women and World War in Comparative Perspective
Meghan K. Winchell

28. Gender, Civil Rights, and the US Global Cold War
Dayo F. Gore



Headshot of Marcia GalloMarcia M. Gallo received her Ph.D. with distinction from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2004. She published her first book, the prizewinning Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movements, in 2006 (Carroll & Graf); it was reissued in 2007 (Seal Press).

In 2015, Gallo published “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy(Cornell University Press), which examines the story of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, whose rape and murder in Queens, New York in 1964 became an international symbol of urban decay. Described as “incisive,” it explores the construction and promotion of an infamous true crime story within the context of the social movements of the times. “No One Helped” won both the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Nonfiction and the 2015 Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; it also was a finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Awards (USA Book News) for Gay & Lesbian Nonfiction.

Gallo also has contributed essays and book chapters exploring post-World War II feminism, progressive queer politics, and oral history methodology to journals as well as edited collections.

As Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Gallo teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on race, gender and sexuality as well as, oral history and public history. She serves as President of the Southwest Oral History Association for 2015-17.

UCLA Symposium


History from Different Angles: South Asian American Stories in California
February 23, 2019, 10am to 4 pm
Charles E. Young Research Library

South Asian Americans have been a presence in the United States for more than 130 years, yet their stories are little known. Early immigrants from South Asia worked on farms and factories, helped build railroads, fought for India’s freedom from British rule, and struggled for equal rights at home. On Saturday, February 23rd, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), in partnership with UCLA, presents History from Different Angles: South Asian American Stories in California, a one-day symposium about the earliest South Asian immigrants in California, featuring conversations with researchers, archivists, artists, and family members.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
For a full program and to register, visit:

This event was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from UCLA Department of Information StudiesUCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS), and UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

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