June 2012 archive

What Do You Think You Own

What Do You Think You Own, or Legal/Ethical Concerns by Troy Reeves The title for this essay comes from the “question of the Oral History in the Digital Age symposium.” That meeting, in November 2010, brought together all of the key players in Oral History in the Digital Age, the multi-year, Institute of Museum and …

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Civil Rights Oral History

Case Study: The Civil Rights Oral History Survey Project by Timothy Lloyd A critical first step in any research project, and an excellent means for gaining at least a beginning form of intellectual control over one’s subject, is to survey the research that has already been done on the topic. This report summarizes a recent …

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Arab American National Museum

Case Study: Why Oral History Matters The Experience of the Arab American National Museum by Anan Ameri The last few decades has witnessed the creation of a number of ethnic museums, such as the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National …

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Visualizing Oral History

Case Study: “Visualizing Oral History” by Mark Tebeau The oxymoron embedded in the title reveals the contradiction behind any attempt to “visualize” oral history for historical curation. One could argue that oral history and, more broadly, sound, are such fundamentally aural experiences that they can’t be visualized at all. Even so, for historians, the meaning and …

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Oral History in the Classroom

Case Study: Oral History in the Classroom by Glenn Whitman At its core, an oral history interview is story telling. So I want to begin this case study by telling you the story of the creation and evolution of the American Century Oral History Project, the largest pre-collegiate oral history project in the United States. …

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Involving Narrators

Case Study: Involving Narrators in Exhibits, Interpretation and Curation- Portraits of Brooklyn Vietnam Veterans by Sady Sullivan, Director of Oral History, Brooklyn Historical Society In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn Vietnam Veterans, an exhibition featuring oral history, opened at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) in December 2007 and ran through April 2011. In that time, …

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Haiti Memory Project

Case Study: The Haiti Memory Project by Claire Payton I had no experience with oral history when I stepped off the plane into the dusty heat of Port-au-Prince in June 2010, but frankly, I’m glad I didn’t. If I knew more, I might have talked myself out of taking on a project as ambitious as …

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Case Study: StoryMapper– A Case Study in Map-based Oral History by Paul McCoy HumanitiesTennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has long worked with volunteer-run historical organizations to provide interpretive history programming for the general public. In 2006, Humanities Tennessee partnered with the all volunteer-run ElktonHistoricalSociety (EHS) to conduct a pilot …

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Authentic Doing

Authentic Doing: Student-Produced Web-Based Digital Video Oral Histories by Howard Levin Abstract This paper describes a case study oral history project involving high school students who interview elders and publish in full text and full digital video on a public Web site, www.tellingstories.org. Telling Their Stories: Oral History Archives Project (OHAP) is a combination of a …

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