We were glad to see this article, and not just for the well-placed quotation from E. H. Carr (“The facts are available to the historian in documents, inscriptions and so on, like fish on the fishmonger’s slab”).
Today’s What We’re Reading features an oral history project on the Boston Marathon bombing, an annual list of the top 200 jobs in 2013, 17 reasons why living in the past is overrated, and more!
History in Current Affairs
“The Ghost of Gun Control” In this animated Op-Doc, a ghost mourns the failed history of gun control in the United States.
What Essays Affected International Relations? A top five list from Daniel W. Drezner at Foreign Policy.
An archive of oral history recordings housed at Boston College and focused on the Irish Republican Army has been subpoenaed by the U.S. government at the request of British legal authorities as part of an “an investigation into murders and kidnappings committed nearly 40 years ago.” (NY Times; see also the coverage in the Boston Globe). The U.S. response to the British request raises complex and difficult questions about the legal status and ethical issues surrounding confidentiality agreements for oral histories, and about the roles and responsibilities of oral historians and archives relative to such agreements.
This week we continue with our recent miniseries on online oral history projects. Again, be sure to peruse parts one, two, three, four, and five and check back with AHA Today as we continue to highlight these projects.
The Battle of Britain
The Imperial War Museum in Great Britain has been conducting interviews for the past 25 years from veterans who participated in the Battle of Britain in 1940. These 120 interviews include not only stories from the pilots, but also from the men and women fighting on land; however, the oral histories available online come solely from the pilots.
Ball State University’s Digital Media Repository
Not only does the Ball State University’s Digital Media Repository include oral histories, but users can also explore countless primary sources, such as architectural drawings, film and video recordings, publications, and sheet music. The oral histories from the digital media repository include (descriptions taken from the web site):
- 376th Heavy Bombardment Group
The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group Oral Histories collection includes audio and video oral histories with veterans who served in the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group during World War II.
We have recently been rounding up online oral history projects on AHA Today, rediscovering projects we’ve posted about before as well as unearthing new resources. Catch up with part one, part two, and part three. The site we feature below was so rich with content that it merited its to set it up as its own post.
Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
The late Studs Terkel was a jack-of-all-trades, once serving as “a playwright, a radio news commentator, a sportscaster, a film narrator, a jazz columnist, a disc jockey, and a musical festival host,” but he is most notably known for his role as a radio network personality with impeccable skill to get people to open up and share their raw stories, which eventually earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
We have recently been rounding up online oral history projects on AHA Today, rediscovering projects we’ve posted about before as well as unearthing new resources. You can read part one here and part two here.
Back from Iraq: The Veterans’ Stories Project
Penn State sought to capture veteran stories from their student body, so they offered “Narrative, Oral History, New Media Technologies”, a class that encouraged veterans to become storytellers by sharing their firsthand experiences from the current Iraq War.
Note: AHA Today has featured oral history in numerous past blog posts. This post along with the previous February 3rd post roundup some of these previously mentioned oral history resources as well as introducing some new sources.
Much like podcasts, oral history projects seem to be growing by the week, covering countless historical eras and events. Last week we ran a post introducing a few of these online oral history resources, and today we survey more of these projects.
Suffragists Oral History Project
This project started in the early 1970s as a part of the Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office, interviewing 12 notable figures from the women’s suffrage movement.