OHA Archives Interest Group: Webinar and Best Practices

OHA-AIG September Conference Call Agenda

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019

Time: 1-2:30 PM EST

Facilitator: Heidi Abbey Moyer

Recorder: Volunteer Needed!

Location: Zoom Meeting. To join Zoom, please use https://psu.zoom.us/j/748664192

Alternatively, if you don’t have a webcam and want to connect by phone, please see the following information to join in the call: For iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16468769923,748664192# or +16699006833,748664192#.

Or Telephone: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll) +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 748 664 192

Please Note: This session will be recorded if there is consensus to do so from all participants. Previous discussions that were recorded can be accessed on the group’s Google Drive at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zj24JGIACZDbEtNrdisOL-yG8mDD21Jy.

I. Welcome and Brief Introductions (1:00 PM EST)

II. September “Discussion of Practice” (1:10-2:00 PM EST)

Presenter: Dr. Charlie Hardy, Professor of History, West Chester University, and former President of OHA

Topic: “Sonological Competence: How to Communicate Effectively in Sound”

Additional documents for this session: Please find attached to this email a pre-discussion questionnaire (send in to Dr. Hardy by end of day Thursday); a short bio; and an article by Dr. Hardy.

III. Sept Business Meeting (2:00~2:30 PM EST)

1) Updates on previous business:

Annual OHA-AIG Report

SAA-Oral History Section 2019 Meeting —presentation about OHA-AIG

2) Update on OHA-AIG Meeting at the Annual OHA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, (October 16-20, 2019)

Committee Meeting Date/Time/ Logistics: Thursday (October 17) 12-1:30 pm. Boxed lunches will be provided for all committee members in attendance.

Steven Sielaff kindly offered to help with room logistics for this meeting since Heidi and Tina are not able to attend the conference in person. However, Heidi and Tina do plan to ‘Zoom’ into the meeting remotely.

3) OHA-AIG web-page on OHA website – proposed changes and discussion: The OHA-AIG has a presence on the OHA website along with OHA committees and the Metadata Task Force. We are the only interest group: https://www.oralhistory.org/about/committees/

The OHA-AIG web-page is our opportunity to let people know who we are, what we do, and how to get involved. The old page needs revising. Here is a link to proposed changes:

OHA-AIG web page edits Aug 2019

4) November 2019 “Discussion of Practice” “Automated Transcription – Part II” (Brad Spry, Webmaster, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Allison Schein Holmes, WFMT & Studs Terkel Radio Archive)

5) New Business or Announcements

There are a couple of ways to contribute feedback -1) Fill out a Google form or 2) email the Task Force co-chairs directly: Ellen Brooks (ellen….@gmail.com) and Jennifer Snyder (jennife…@gmail.com)
The feedback period closes on October 6th. The Overview document will be up for approval at the OHA Business Meeting on October 19. All of the info above can be found on the OHA website at: https://www.oralhistory.org/archives-principles-and-best-practices/

A big thank you to Dr. Charlie Hardy for a fascinating and informative presentation about sound recordings in all flavors. The session was recorded and can be seen and heard at the link below–highly recommended listening if you missed the session:

OHA Diversity Committee

The OHA Diversity Committee Needs Your Opinion!
In order to better serve the membership, we need to understand the issues facing this organization. Please let us know what Diversity means to you and how the needs of a diverse membership are or are not being met. We hope to present the results at the Salt Lake City Conference.

Keeping a Record: The LDS Church History Library and Archives

Nearly from its founding in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has encouraged the production and preservation of history. The Church History Library, located across the street from historic Temple Square, is home to state-of-the-art facilities that hold and process historical documents, artifacts, photographs, and other records that document the history of the church, its members, and the Restoration Movement of which it was part. Come learn about the Church History Library’s purpose, the facility, and the types of records stored in the vaults from the Church History Library Director, Keith Erekson. Justin Bray, Chair of the Oral History Working Group, will then talk about the Church History Library’s approach to oral histories. Your visit will end by viewing the “Foundations of Faith” exhibit where key documents of the Church of Jesus Christ’s history is displayed.

*This tour will take place on Friday, October 18, 10am. If interested, please note that this tour will require a considerable amount of walking. Participants will meet in the hotel lobby and walk to the Church History Library, and will walk back.

To view other OHA Annual Meeting Tours and Events, please visit www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting-tours-and-events.

Call for Nominations: 2019-2021 SOHA Board of Directors

It’s that time again, SOHA members: Board nominations are upon us!

Your current Co-Presidents, Juan D. Coronado and Marcie Gallo, are completing their terms of office as of July 1, 2019. As is the SOHA custom, current 1st Vice President Jennifer Keil has agreed to assume the office of SOHA President. In addition, current 2nd Vice President Farina King is willing to assume the duties of 1st Vice President.

Also willing to remain in office are Carlos Lopez, Arizona Delegate, and Rachael Cassidy, New Mexico Delegate. This does not preclude other SOHA members from being nominated or self-nominating for these important positions.

Some who have served our organization well for the last few years will step aside. We offer our sincere thanks to Caryll Batt Dziedziak (Treasurer), Barbara Tabach (Secretary), Virginia Espino (California Delegate), Stefani Evans (Nevada Delegate), Midge Dellinger (Student Representative), and Bridget Groat (Native American Representative)

We now have several vacancies for Board positions and welcome nominations and self-nominations. Please see pages 8 and 9 of our Summer 2019 Newsletter for descriptions of duties for the positions. All nominees must be current members of SOHA.

To nominate yourself or someone else (with their consent, of course), please send your name and contact information, along with two sentences on why you or the person you are nominating are qualified and interested in being on the SOHA Board of Directors, by August 1 to: SOHA Nominating Committee Chair Sarah Moorhead,sarahemoorhead@fastmail.fm

SOHA at OHA 2019

OHA Conference Registration for SOHA Members

Southwest Oral History Association Discount Codes :

Early Bird Registration (Until 8/15/19)

Discount Code Price Description
SOHAMEMEB $165 For people with institutional support
SOHAINDSEB $145 For people who are independent scholars

Regular Registration (Beginning 8/16/19)

Discount Code Price Description
SOHAMEMReg $190 For people with institutional support
SOHAINDSReg $175 For people who are independent scholars
SOHASTUDENT $50 For students or community practitioners*

*Student and community practitioner pricing is the same for early bird and regular registration.

** Registration for Family Members of Attendees is $35, and is the same for both members and non-members.

Online Registration Instructions:

  1. Go to the online registration form. More registration information can be found on our website here.
  2. Create an account on the site. You do not have to become an OHA member.
  3. Fill out the registration information. For registration type, select Non-Member. You can also register other people as guests. Please don’t use the given discount codes for non-SOHA members.
  4. Go to the next page, and enter the appropriate discount code. This will give you OHA Member Pricing.
  5. Continue checking out.
  6. You will receive an invoice receipt and registration confirmation in your email.

*If you wish to register and pay by check, please use this 2019 Registration form. Please indicate that you are a SOHA Member, and mail to the address listed on the form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the OHA Executive Office at oha@oralhistory.org.


Summer 2019 Newsletter

We hope you enjoy our SOHA Summer 2019 Newsletter! You can share it with family and friends with our social media accounts. Learn more about our upcoming conference with the Oral History Association in Salt Lake City, Utah October 16-20, 2019. Our members receive a special rate, so please renew your membership today. Visit http://bit.ly/SOHA2019 for registration details. There’s still time to submit a poster, so consider participating in this year’s program. You will want to register for the conference tours and workshops led by amazing scholars in the oral history field.


Oral History Association Archives Interest Group

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Conference Call Agenda

Date:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: 2-3 PM EST (11-Noon PST).

Location:  Zoom Meeting.  To join the meeting, use this Zoom link

Please Note:  This session will be recorded if there is consensus to do so from all participants. Previous discussions that were recorded can be accessed here

  1. Welcome (2:00 PM EST)
  2. May Discussion of Practice (2:00 ~ 2:45 PM EST)  

Topic:  “Multilingual indexing (workflows) with OHMS”

Joint Facilitators/ Presenters; Teague Schneiter, Senior Manager, and Brendan Coates, Senior Archivist, Oral History Projects at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California.


III. May Business Meeting (2:45-3:00 PM EST)

1) Update on committee to address OHA Principles and Best Practices supplemental archives document initiated in January

Jennifer Snyder/ Ellen Brooks

2) Any Additional New Business or Announcements?

Future Meeting Topics:  

July 2019:  TBD, Possibilities include:

“Cooking with Sound”:  Recording Software, Best Practices (Charles Hardy III, West Chester University)

“Using text analyzing and data analysis tools and strategies for mining large oral history collections (transcripts): early discussions from a case study at San Francisco State University (Lauren Kata, with longtime OHA member and guest Kathy Nasstrom)

September 2019:  Topic Needed/TBD

November 2019:  Automated Transcription Part II, Allison Schein Holmes, Archivist, WFMT & Studs Terkel Radio Archive

Topic Ideas for the Future:  Copyright 101 (Teague/AMIA)

Don’t Forget:

OHA-AIG Member Bios:  Reminder to please consider adding your bio here if you haven’t already done so – Bios AIG members

Conference Call Discussion Topics Document:  Please add any new ideas for discussion topics to this document – Conference Call Discussion Proposals

Community-Based Digital Archives Workshops for Activists

Documenting the Now is accepting applications from social justice activist organizations that would like to benefit from a free community-based digital archives workshop in their city. The workshops will focus on helping activists to develop the skills and to use available tools to collect, preserve, and share their web, social media and other types of digital content in their own digital archive. Our hope is that activist communities, in creating their own archives, will be able to better document their activities, assert a greater level of control over their own narratives, and secure access to digital content that has been safely captured and preserved through methods that will allow that content to be authenticated at a later date for evidentiary, research, or other purposes. As part of the workshop, our trainers will also share knowledge about digital security and surveillance, as these are issues that negatively impact modern day social justice activism. During the workshops, participants will:

  • Build a community-based digital archive for their organization.
  • Gain a better understanding about data collection, digital security, and surveillance issues around web and social media content.
  • Gain new knowledge about digital content generated on mobile devices and develop skills to safely archive that content.
  • Build relationships with local archivists and other historical documenters in your city.
  • Engage in conversations leading to deeper understanding about how digital content generated in online spaces affects our personal, social, and professional lives.


Eligibility for the workshops will be limited to organizations that:

  • Advocate for social justice causes affecting the lives of people of color including African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx and other marginalized people such as LGBTQIA, victims of police violence, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, immigrants, disabled people, poor people, etc.
  • Use social media, the web and other digital tools such as cell phones, livestreaming technology, etc, in their work whether for communication, advocacy, or organizing.
  • Have an interest in understanding how their social media, web, and other digital content is being collected and who is collecting it.
  • Have an interest in building their own community-based digital archive as a way to document their activism.

Visit https://www.docnow.io/workshops/call-for-applications/ for details.

Washington Post Article

Trump during an “anti-intervention” march in Caracas on Feb. 27. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

How Donald Trump is making illegal immigration worse was published in the Washington Post on March 15, 2019 by the SOHA Co-President, Juan Coronado.

Juan David Coronado is a post-doctoral scholar at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University and author of “I’m Not Gonna Die in this Damn Place: Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War.”