Superstorm Sandy

Since late December, Mary Anne Trasciatti, a Hofstra University professor has videotaped dozens of interviews with residents at Gentle Brew Coffee Roasters, on Long Beach's main drag; in a local community center; in a craft store; in flood-ravaged homes still marked with water lines.  The videos—most of which are about 15 minutes long—will end up in a Hofstra archive, and may one day be available online, as part of an interactive map of Long Beach, she said. A Hofstra graduate student studying documentary filmmaking, Tiannah Bruce, is volunteering her help on the project and will also use the footage for a film.  For full story click here.

AIATSIS Project at Leeton

A collection of photographic work taken 25 years ago in Leeton will return to town next month as part of a travelling exhibition.  The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies (AIATSIS) is bringing the collection, titled After 200 Years, to the Leeton and District Aboriginal Lands Council from March 4 to 7.  Oral history recordings were also done.  For full story click here.


Wagga’s 2012 floods

As the country continues to cop a lashing from wild weather, an important historical project for the 2012 Wagga floods was launched yesterday.  Wagga was selected to participate in the State Library of NSW's major oral history project, with the results from a lot of hard work revealed at an event held at the Wagga Council Chambers.  The project sees 24 residents talk about their personal experiences to Wagga historian Sherry Morris.  For full story click here.

Mary River oral history project

The Looking Forward Looking Back Mary River catchment oral history project by Dr Tanzi Smith and Luke Barrowcliff, Goorie Vision, is getting the community involved in a series of meetings held at venues throughout the catchment.  Dr Smith said that they were taking the project to the people in the community with meetings at Conondale, Kenilworth and Gympie, a recent meeting at Kilkivan, and Teebar and Maryborough to follow. For full story click here.

Lady Bird Johnson oral history

This episode of the Oral History Review on OUPblog, I take the opportunity to interview Michael Gillette, author of Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History. In this podcast, Gillette discusses the book, the research behind and process of interviewing “Mrs. Johnson,” and his current role as executive director of Humanities Texas. Our host, Oxford University Press, published Lady Bird Johnson at the end of last year. For full story, including podcast, click here.

Recording a University’s past

As a co-chair of Stanford’s Oral History Program — and as a member of the Stanford community for over 50 years — Susan Schofield ’66 has lots of good stories to tell spanning a lengthy career. Click here for full story.  This is a good example of an oral history program recording a University or School.

Gympie Railway History

Dr Rae Norris has heard a few stories in her time.  But few have fascinated the Gympie historian as much as the ones she's hearing from former workers on the old Mary Valley railway line. Dr Norris is capturing the oral history of the rail link through research, photographs and interviews with a selection of employees who worked the line from the mid to late 20th century.  Trains ran between Gympie, Imbil and Brooloo – and stations in between – carrying passengers, produce and supplies until 1994.  And while the project has been a trip down memory lane for the interviewees, it's opened up a whole new world for the interviewer.  For full story click here.

Oral History in the Digital Age

This week, in the spirit of the upcoming special issue on oral history’s evolving technologies, we want to (re)introduce everyone to the website Oral History in the Digital Age, a substantial collaboration between several institutions to “put museums, libraries, and oral historians in a position to address collectively issues of video, digitization, preservation, and intellectual property and to provide both a scholarly framework and regularly updated best practices for moving forward.” Includes video interview with Don Ritchie.  For full story click here.

Ryan White Oral History Project (AIDS)

More than 25 years ago, Kokomo (USA) was thrown into the national spotlight when a controversy erupted over 12-year-old Ryan White, a who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984 after receiving a tainted blood transfusion. He was not allowed into his school for fear he might infect others and soon after became the national poster child for AIDs awareness. That quickly divided the community into two factions–those on the side of the school, and those on the side of Ryan White. For full story click here.