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

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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 for more details.

Baylor University Institute for Oral History

About This Collection

“Since its founding in 1970, the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) has collected over 6000 interviews. The Institute has created transcripts of almost all interviews in the collection, and nearly 4000 of these transcripts are available to researchers and the public in our online collection as fully text-searchable PDFs. New draft transcripts of in-process projects are added monthly as work progresses.

In the fall of 2013, BUIOH began uploading audio files to accompany the transcripts already present in the online collection. This process is expected to continue through the end of the decade. Until then, many digital audio files may not be found online, but do exist on our private preservation server. To request access to an audio recording that is not online, send a request to . Be sure to provide complete information about the name of the interviewee and the date of the interview.”

If you are looking for oral history project resources, check out their Style_Guide_May_2018 and Intro_Manual_2016.

Society of American Archivists Bootcamp

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Series Description

Join us for one week of Society of American Archivists Education courses at UC-Irvine and make progress toward your DAS or A&D certificate. The weeklong series includes 3 A&D courses and 2 DAS courses. Get a jump start on your certificate path with this series.

A&D and DAS Bootcamp #1938  [A&D, DAS]


Mon, Nov 5, 2018, through Fri, Nov 9, 2018
University of California
Irvine, CA

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018

Co-Sponsor: University of California, Irvine


Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Appraisal of Digital Records [A&D, DAS] #1939

Mon, Nov 5, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mark J. Myers 

General CEU Credits: 0.75
Archival Recertification Credits: 5
A&D Foundational Tier: 1
DAS Foundational Tier: 1

Arrangement and Description: Fundamentals [A&D] #1940

Tue, Nov 6, 2018 –
Wed, Nov 7, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pamela S. Hackbart-Dean 
Anne M. Ostendarp 

General CEU Credits: 1.5
Archival Recertification Credits: 10
A&D Foundational Tier: 1

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) [A&D] #1941

Thu, Nov 8, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Jacqueline Dean 

Archival Recertification Credits: 5
General CEU Credits: 0.75
A&D Foundational Tier: 1

Managing Digital Records in Archives and Special Collections [DAS] #1942

Fri, Nov 9, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Seth Shaw 

Archival Recertification Credits: 5
General CEU Credits: 0.75
DAS Transformational Tier: 1

About the A&D Certificate
The SAA Arrangement & Description certificate program allows archivists to gain more experience and knowledge in this single topic than is generally available in graduate archival programs. This approach provides archivists with extended descriptive training to expand the skill set they gained in graduate school, and it also can facilitate career shifts within the archival field (e.g., moving from public services to processing/cataloging). Taken as a whole, these courses provide an integrated programmatic framework for archivists and others at various levels within their institutions whose areas of practice include arrangement and description.

About the DAS Certificate
SAA is committed to providing education and training to ensure that archivists adopt appropriate practices for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access to electronic records. That’s why we’ve developed the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program, designed to provide you with the information and tools you need to manage the demands of born-digital records. The DAS curriculum, developed by experts in the field of digital archives, is structured in tiers of study that guide you to choose courses based on your specific knowledge, training, and needs. You can choose individual courses—or you can take your learning to the next level by earning a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from SAA after completing required coursework and passing both course and comprehensive examinations.

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The Earth Memory Compass

king.jpgCongratulations to Farina King, SOHA 2nd VP, for her recent book publication!

The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century

The Diné, or Navajo, have their own ways of knowing and being in the world, a cultural identity linked to their homelands through ancestral memory. The Earth Memory Compasstraces this tradition as it is imparted from generation to generation, and as it has been transformed, and often obscured, by modern modes of education. An autoethnography of sorts, the book follows Farina King’s search for her own Diné identity as she investigates the interconnections among Navajo students, their people, and Diné Bikéyah—or Navajo lands—across the twentieth century.

In her exploration of how historical changes in education have reshaped Diné identity and community, King draws on the insights of ethnohistory, cultural history, and Navajo language. At the center of her study is the Diné idea of the Four Directions, in which each of the cardinal directions takes its meaning from a sacred mountain and its accompanying element: East, for instance, is Sis Naajin (Blanca Peak) and white shell; West, Dook’o’oosłííd (San Francisco Peaks) and abalone; North, Dibé Nitsaa (Hesperus Peak) and black jet; South, Tsoodził (Mount Taylor) and turquoise. King elaborates on the meanings and teachings of the mountains and directions throughout her book to illuminate how Navajos have embedded memories in landmarks to serve as a compass for their people—a compass threatened by the dislocation and disconnection of Diné students from their land, communities, and Navajo ways of learning.

“Farina King’s study offers a passionate and thoughtful account of how the Diné, by holding on to their sacred ways of knowing and living, have withstood the long ordeal of educational colonialism. Beautifully written, bold in conception, and packed with intimate stories, this is a must-read for those interested in how indigenous peoples might maintain or rediscover ancestral identities.”

—David W. Adams, author of Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875–1928 and Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890–1990

“In engaging and readable prose, Farina King has produced a compelling autoethnography wherein she introduces readers to the concept of the Earth Memory Compass in order to get academics and laypeople alike to rethink the history of twentieth-century Diné educational experiences. In the process, she helps readers think about land, knowledge, and collective identity creation in ways that will help subsequent generations of scholars forge new work.”

—Erika Bsumek, author of Indian-Made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1868–1940

Critical to this story is how inextricably Indigenous education and experience is intertwined with American dynamics of power and history. As environmental catastrophes and struggles over resources sever the connections among peoplehood, land, and water, Kings book holds out hope that the teachings, guidance, and knowledge of an earth memory compass still have the power to bring the people and the earth together.

Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University

About the Author

Farina King is assistant professor of history and affiliate of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies Department at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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OHA 2019

Calling all Southwest members to attend the @ohassociation meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah October 16-19, 2019! Enjoy Canada at the 2018 meeting!

#oralhistory #southwest #historians #historian #history #folklore #narrative #story #storytellers #2019

I’m Not Gonna Die in This Damn Place

Congratulations to Juan Coronado, SOHA Co-President, for his recent book publication! His book, I’m Not Gonna Die in This Damn Place: Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War (Latinos in the United States), was officially published by Michigan State University in March 2018. Learn more about the book and order your copy at

Check out the positive review of the book in Publishers Weekly. Others have also praised his work that features oral histories of Mexican American POWs and Chicano Vietnam War experiences and stories:

From the start, and by design, the story of America’s Vietnam prisoners of war was disciplined into an official version. By focusing attention on the Mexican American Vietnam POWs, Juan David Coronado not only identifies how their shared cultural heritage affected their lives before, during, and after captivity, but also shows us just how diverse even a small group of prisoners could actually be. A welcome contribution to our understanding of American POW history. –Craig Howes, Director, Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and author, Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to Their Fight

Juan David Coronado has written a superb and important examination of Chicano prisoners of war in Vietnam; the firstaccount experiences reflected in the work add to this enlightening academic read.

–Charley Trujillo, author of Dogs from Illusion, American Book Award winner for Soldados, and codirector of the companion document


Michigan State University Press Paperback

$29.95 USD ISBN: 9781611862720

eBook$23.95 USD

ISBN: 9781609175542