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Nominations open for OHA awards and Emerging Crises grant

In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. The awards highlight exemplary oral history work completed in the past year. OHA will present awards at the 2015 annual meeting in Tampa for outstanding use of oral history in several categories. Nominations for the awards are due April 17. For information on award criteria and details on how to submit a nomination, see the Grants and Awards page.

The Oral History Association also offers funding of up to $4,000 to undertake oral history research in situations of crisis in the United States and internationally. These funds may be applied to travel, per diem, or transcription costs for research in places and situations in which a longer application time schedule may be problematic. Such crisis situations include but are not limited to wars, natural disasters, political and or economic/ethnic repression, or other currently emerging events of crisis proportions. Grant applications for the Emerging Crises Oral History Research Fund are due April 1. For more information, see the Emerging Crises Grant page.

Featured Institutional Member: Maria Rogers Oral History Program

The Maria Rogers Oral History Program (MROHP) is housed in the Carnegie Branch Library for Local Histoy, Boulder, Colorado. MROHP curates interviews that build an understanding of life in the city and county of Boulder. Narrators may be chosen for their accomplishments or their participation in the community, along with the ability to lend detail to a historic picture. MROHP also encourages special collections, where multiple narrators with different perspectives help flesh out a topic of historic significance.

Our program is named for a former manager, Maria Rogers, who started collecting interviews in 1976. To date we have more than 2,000 oral histories, most of which are available through the program’s online archive, We have interviews about: pioneers and recent immigrants; mining and agriculture; mountain towns; open space and city planning; Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant; business; science; arts and education; and major events, such as the Fourmile Canyon fire and the Flood of 2013. A cohort of volunteers (30+) help with all aspects of the oral history process (interviewing, transcribing, archiving, etc.). Citizen volunteers keep the program humming!

Cyns Nelson, Program Manager

International Committee February Blog

The following international conference currently has a call out for papers. This conference has an oral history and life stories network:

European Social Sciences History Conference

30 March – 2 April, 2016

Venue: Medical Faculty of the University of Valencia, Spain

Abstracts due by 1 May, 2015. For more information: and

The call for papers has now past but you might be interested in attending the following conferences:

Oral History Society

10-11 July, 2015

Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, England For more information:

Oral History Australia Biennial Conference

9-12 September, 2015

Perth, Western Australia For more information:

The International Oral History Association will hold its next congress in India 2016. Call for papers and other information will be made available in the coming months and will be posted to this blog.