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Committees, Task Forces, and Interest Groups


The Oral History Association encourages members to participate in its committees:

  • The Advocacy Committee guides Council and the Association in their role as an advocate for the field of oral history and issues of concern to the Association and its membership
  • The Committee on Committees recruits and assigns members to serve on the committees of the Association
  • The Diversity Committee encourages participation and representation of,  and research related to, diverse groups in the OHA
  • The Development Committee oversees the association’s fundraising campaigns and other efforts to support the growth of the endowment in accordance with the strategic plan and the mission of the association
  • The Education Committee promotes the use of oral history in the classroom at all levels of instruction and works to assure that the OHA addresses the needs of teachers
  • The Emerging Professionals Committee supports the career development of emerging professionals in the OHA, manages the OHA’s mentorship initiatives, and advises Council on policies and procedures that would make membership in the OHA more meaningful for this cadre of oral historians
  • The Finance Committee exists to provide advice to the OHA officers and Council on the association’s financial matters, including investments, income, and expenses
  • The International Committee serves as a liaison to the International Oral History Association (IOHA), ensures international participation in the OHA program, encourages international participation in OHA publications, and holds an open session at the OHA Annual Meeting to promote discussion among members
  • The Membership Committee serves to review and enhance membership opportunities and membership structures
  • The Nominating Committee nominates candidates for OHA officers and Council
  • The Public Programming Committee sponsors and hosts a yearly program of events, workshops, and other gatherings relating to oral history and aligned with the needs and interests of the membership of the Association
  • The Publications Committee assists the association’s editors in the development of a comprehensive and professional publications program;
  • The Scholarship Committee determines recipients for OHA Annual Meeting scholarships
  • The State and Regional Forum assists the association in maintaining close ties with state and regional groups affiliated with the OHA

Task Forces

The Oral History Association encourages members to participate in its Task Forces:

  • The Equity Audit Task Force
  • The Metadata Task Force worked to exchange and analyze both current and best metadata practices for making oral history accessible.

Interest Groups

The Oral History Association encourages members to participate in its Interest Groups:

  • The Archives Interest Group aims to provide a forum for discussing best practices and generating interest in the intersections between Oral History and Archives.