October 22, 2014

New Online from The British Library: Oral History Recordings with British Sporting Legends

From the BL: With less than two weeks until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the British Library is making available a selection of 61 oral history interviews documenting the lives and careers of sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the twentieth century. Available for anyone to listen to via the Library’s Sounds website, the recordings […]

U.S. History: New Digitized Collection Provides Link to Voices of Pre-Shenandoah National Park Life

From James Madison University: Professional scholars and local history enthusiasts alike can now delve into the extensive Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection to learn more about life in the Blue Ridge Mountains before the park’s creation in the 1930s. Professionals in James Madison University Libraries and Educational Technologies, where the resource has been housed […]

U.Va. Library's New Streaming Oral History Project Tells the Legal Story of the Civil Rights Struggle

From U. Va. Today: In March 1985, civil rights leader and former Howard University president James M. Nabrit did an extended interview for an oral history project led by then-University of Virginia English professor William Elwood. Cigar in hand, Nabrit – a former NAACP lawyer who worked with Thurgood Marshall and others to fight segregation […]

U.S. History: Senator George Mitchell Oral History Project Debuts Online

From the Bowdoin University Digital Commons: Between 2008 and 2011, the Bowdoin College Library conducted an oral history project to create a collection of spoken recollections and personal impressions from individuals who have known George J. Mitchell in a variety of ways. These oral histories document his life and career from early childhood onward, with […]

U.S. History: A New Digital Collection from Duke U. Libraries Looks at Life in the Jim Crow South

From the Duke University Libraries Announcement: One hundred oral histories of life in the Jim Crow South, complete with transcripts, have been digitized and made available on the Duke University Libraries website and iTunes U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store. From 1993 to 1995, dozens of graduate students at Duke and other schools […]

Library of Congress and Smithsonian Launch Civil Rights History Project Website

From LC: The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) have launched The Civil Rights History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/. The portal presents the results of a nationwide inventory of oral-history interviews with participants in the civil rights movement. The research, […]