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2019 OHA Conference

Southwest Oral History Association


Event Sponsors
Baylor University Institute for Oral History
Center for Oral History and Oral History MA Program, Columbia University
Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton
Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Department of History, University of Utah
Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History California State University, Fullerton
Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley
Oxford University Press
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida
UNT Oral History Program
Utah State Historical Society

Audio Transcription Center
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Center for Learning in Action, Williams College
Oral History Program, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University Library
Three First Names
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Springer Nature
UCLA Center for Oral History Research
Utah Humanities
Utah State University Libraries

American West Center, University of Utah
Oral History Center, Archives & Special Collections, University of Louisville
Stewart Library, Weber State University
Texas Oral History Association
T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, Louisiana State University
The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University
The Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
UMass Oral History Lab
University of Wisconsin-Madison Oral History Program

Audio Transcription Center
AVP: Aviary Platform Voice of Witness
National Council on Public History
Oral History Review
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Randforce Associates/ Talking Pictures LLC

OHA Partner Members
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics
American University, Department of Public History
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Baylor University Institute for Oral History
Center for Oral History and Oral History MA Program, Columbia University
Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky
MA in Cultural Sustainability, Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, Goucher College
Minnesota Historical Society
Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley
Pennsylvania State University
Pryor Center
The Museum of Flight
The Orange County Regional History Center
The Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
University of Kentucky, Institutional Diversity
University of Wisconsin-Madison Oral History Program
UNT Oral History Program
Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Program Committee
Co-Chair: Adrienne Cain
Co-Chair: Carlos Lopez

Natalie Marine-Street
Sarah-Jane Poindexter
Sara Wood
Sarah Dziedzic
Erica Fugger
Juliana Nykolaiszyn
Steven Sielaff
Marcia Gallo
Rachael Cassidy
Abra Schnur
Priscilla Martinez

Workshops Coordinators:
Christa Whitney
Jeff Corrigan

Local Arrangements Committee
Co-Chair: Farina King
Co-Chair: Jed Rogers

Gregory Smoak
Randy Williams
Brian Cannon
Jessie Embry
Sarah Singh
Forrest Cuch

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OHA Webinar: Finding Common Ground at the Intersection of Cultural Sustainability and Oral History

In partnership with the American Folklore Society, the Oral History Association is hosting a webinar on“Finding Common Ground at the Intersection of Cultural Sustainability and Oral History,” December 11, 2019, 1:00-2:30 pm EST.

Amy Skillman, director of the Goucher College Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability program, and former OHA President Linda Shopes will present a webinar on the intersections between oral history practice and theoretical developments in the field of cultural studies. What can we learn from paying attention to each other?  How do complementary approaches strengthen our work?  Like the classic Venn diagram, what might happen in the middle when two allied disciplines, bring their methods, sensibilities, and theoretical frameworks to the same issue? 

Toward the end of their conversation, they will be joined by Heidi Lucero and Jasmin Temblador, graduates of the Goucher MA in Cultural Sustainability program who have drawn upon oral history to address sustainability concerns in their respective communities.  They will share specific case studies of their work: specifically, leadership empowerment among Latinx youth in South Central Los Angeles and the revitalization of traditional chin tattoos among California’s native communities.  We will reserve time at the end for further questions and comments.

Free to OHA and AFS members. Nonmember fee is $75.

Seating is limited so sign up soon! Register Here:

Email with any questions

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Meet our New President

Allison Tracy-Taylor is an independent oral historian based in Sacramento, California. She began her work in oral history in 2002 at the University of Nevada Oral History Program (UNOHP), eventually interviewing for a multi-year project on the history of women’s athletics at the University of Nevada. Returning to the UNOHP as its coordinator in 2009, Allison served as one of the editors for the resulting book We Were All Athletes: Title IX and Women’s Athletics at the University of Nevada.

In 2008 Allison joined the first cohort of students at Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program. Her research culminated in her masters thesis “I began marching: Reclaiming Narrative with the Voices of Women Organizing Project”.

In 2012 Allison became the oral historian for the Stanford Historical Society, working to document Stanford University’s history through the stories of prominent faculty members and administrators. In addition to interviewing, she managed a corps of volunteers and served as the program’s senior oral history mentor.

In 2015, Allison joined the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) as the oral history administrator. In this position she administered the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), the only commission of its kind in the United States. She provided outreach, education, and technical support to oral history projects throughout Kentucky, managed the KOHC’s grant program, and collaborated to manage KHS’s extensive oral history collections.

In 2017, Allison left the KOHC and now works independently on a variety of projects. She is currently working with the California State Library to develop a website, Voices of the Golden State, which will feature oral histories about the California’s history and heritage, particularly highlighting the diversity of the state.

For the Oral History Association, Allison has served on Council from 2015-2018, the Education Committee, and the Program Committee for multiple annual meetings. Allison is also a member of the Southwest Oral History Association. In addition to an M.A. in Oral History from Columbia University, Allison holds a B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Nevada. In her free time, Allison participates in roller derby, is an avid crafter and cat lady, podcasts with her husband, and enjoys the occasional sunrise.

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2019 Day of Giving

Invest in the OHA’s future! Please donate on the OHA’s 2019 Day of Giving.

Donations will support a range of projects such as travel scholarships, webinars, regional organizations, conference events & speakers, and the expansion of OHA initiatives.

Donate Online Here:

Or, fill out this Donation Form and mail your check to:

Oral History Association,
Middle Tennessee State University,
1301 East Main Street,
Murfreesboro, TN 37132.

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OHA Diversity Scholarship Award

The OHA Diversity Scholarship supports emerging oral historians from diverse backgrounds whose research/creative work addresses issues affecting diverse populations. The scholarship can be used toward research expenses, including but not limited to: travel, transcription, archival duplication, and equipment.The recipient of the award will be required to attend the OHA 2020 annual conference in Baltimore to be recognized for their award and to present their work. The award may also be used to cover the cost of travel to OHA 2020.

Scholarship Details and Requirements

  • One $5,000 Scholarship.
  • This is a one-time award.
  • If future funding becomes available, individuals granted the award may not reapply in subsequent years.
  • The individual who wins this award is required to present their research at the OHA 2020 annual conference.

Application Requirements

The following materials must be included in your application:

  • Completed one-page application
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of current work
  • A purpose statement of professional goals (maximum 1,000 words)
  • A brief biographical statement (maximum 500 words)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation typed on official letterhead

Deadline and Notification

Click for the Diversity Scholarship Application

Email your application by October 14, 2019, to Nicki Pombier Berger at

Notification: The decision will be made in time to be announced at the Oral History Association annual conference in Salt Lake City in October 2019.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, email us at or at

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President’s Column

By Natalie Fousekis

            As summer winds down, the Oral History Association is gearing up and getting excited to see all of you in Salt Lake City this October!  Personally, I am looking forward to one of my favorite weeks of the year when I get to hear about all the remarkable oral history work being done by our members, reconnect with old friends and collaborators and return home energized and full of new ideas.  We look forward to seeing many of you in SLC and, as president, I am excited to share with you what the organization has been working on this past year. 

            Before you all arrive, the OHA Council will be spending all day Tuesday dedicated to strategic planning.  We will be brainstorming about the future direction of the organization, discussing and incorporating feedback from those of you who responded to the survey we circulated this summer and beginning to formulate a draft of our new strategic plan.  Later in the fall, we will continue to revise and share this draft.

            I encourage all of you to attend the OHA business meeting on Saturday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. (yes, I realize it’s early, but we will have coffee and tea available for those who need help being coherent at that hour of the morning).  The business meeting is great place for you to hear what the OHA has been working on, comment on policies and changes proposed by the organization and bring new ideas, thoughts and concerns to the leadership.  It is also the occasion when I will pass the gavel to our incoming president, Allison Tracey-Taylor. With Allison at the helm, OHA’s future is bright!

            Be on the lookout for more surveys and requests for feedback.  The Diversity Committee is seeking your input so they can better serve our membership. Fill out their short survey here:

We will also ask you to provide feedback and comments on our newly developed sexual harassment policy and on the Archives Principles and Best Practices Committee.  We welcome your insight and input in all of these areas. 

            It is hard to believe I’m wrapping up my year as OHA president.  What I have valued most about my time as part of OHA leadership has been the dedicated group of people I’ve met and worked with – from members serving on committees or on council to the executive office staff.   I’ve felt particularly grateful to OHA and to my oral history work in this crazy, chaotic and sometimes very stressful world we live in.

            Focusing on OHA and this organization’s purpose reminded me weekly how fortunate we all are to do the work that we do and to have an organization that succeeds in promoting our practice and supporting oral historians and oral history work across the U.S. and the globe.

             I also spent a lot of time this past summer listening to interviews with local political women from the Women, Politics and Activism Project I’ve directed for the past six years.  Hearing these women’s voices and their words lifted my spirits.  They tell stories of resilience, triumph and, sometime, defeat.  As I listened, I felt grateful on the most basic level – that these stories, whether important or not, will all be preserved for posterity; that their efforts, whether successful or not, will be remembered. 

            Wishing you all a wonderful end-of-summer and early fall.  Please reach out if you have any thoughts or concerns.  I’ll see you in Salt Lake!

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Co-Executive Director’s Report

By Kristine McCusker

The Executive Office is gearing up for an exciting fall season with our annual conference in October being the key event. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Salt Lake City the week of Oct. 14th. This conference will be terrific, with Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, as our keynote speaker and tons of great workshops and tours to accompany a dynamic program of papers and panels.

But that’s not all on our fall calendar.

The OHA is also going to Cuba in December, traveling with Cuba expert Charles Bittner, who continues to guide us through the vagaries of international travel. We’re also holding our second webinar this December; stay tuned to e-blasts, social media and the OHA website for more information for this additional chance to meet, albeit virtually.

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Remembering Vivian Perlis (1928-2019)

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Vivian Perlis, the intrepid founder and long-time director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music. Vivian Perlis’s legacy is an invaluable collage of pioneering foresight and determination, the effects of which will be felt for generations to come. Her discernment of the benefit of chronicling the musical voices of our time led Perlis to interview colossal figures from Aaron Copland to Eubie Blake, John Adams to John Cage, and—among many more—those who had known and worked with Duke Ellington and Charles Ives. Today OHAM’s living archive offers approximately 3,000 interviews, a testament to the prowess of a woman who believed in the musicological and societal importance of documenting creative minds. Born in Brooklyn in 1928, Perlis was a harpist, pianist, wife and mother of three, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at the University of Michigan. In 1959, while performing in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Perlis took a job at Yale University as a reference librarian—the beginning of an illustrious and innovative career. Perils was the first woman awarded the Kinkeldy Prize from the American Musicological Society for her groundbreaking book, “Charles Ives Remembered: An Oral History”—also the first time that oral history methodology had been used to document a musical figure. Her work in oral history garnered significant recognition; among others, she was awarded The National Institute of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Music. Vivian Perlis’s powerful presence has made deeply resounding and lasting impressions in the field of American music history, and will continue to shape the way we document, research and honor lives of our musical figures forever. Perils was 91 years old.

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Strategic Plan Membership Survey

The Oral History Association is developing a new strategic plan. As part of the process, it is gathering information from members and other stakeholders about its strengths and weaknesses as an academic and professional association, as well as possible future directions for its work.
The survey consists of eight (8) questions and should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete, depending upon the complexity of your answers.

The survey will close July 26th. We appreciate your input in our Strategic Planning Process.

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OHA Election is Open!

Online voting is open for the OHA’s Annual Election!

OHA members have until July 31 to cast their electronic ballots for OHA first vice president, one Council seat and three Nominating Committee members. Please cast one vote for each position. Here is the link:​. You will need to sign in to your membership account to vote. Need help? Contact OHA at for assistance.

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