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OHA Partners

Partner Member: $450
Partner Member Benefits

  • Annual voting membership in the Oral History Association
  • Institutional subscription to The Oral History Review (two annual issues — print and digital access)
  • The Oral History Association Newsletter (five annual digital issues)
  • OHA News emails (bi-weekly)
  • Publicity for your events and activities via the bi-weekly OHA News email and OHA social media outlets
  • Acknowledgement of your role as partner and information on your program featured on the OHA website, including logo and link to your website
  • Partner listing in the OHA Newsletter and The Oral History Review once each year
  • One complimentary registration to the OHA Annual Meeting (October 10-13, 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


OHA welcomes the following organizations as Partner Members for 2018:


American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics


Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) is a 31-year-old non-profit organization that maintains and expands a database of full-life oral histories narrated by retired U.S. diplomats and government personnel engaged in foreign affairs.  These individuals include ambassadors, Foreign Service Officers, and members of many other U.S. government agencies engaged in work abroad.  ADST also interviews spouses and family members of these officials and creates shorter works on unique individuals and key moments in U.S. foreign relations.  ADST oral histories are used as primary source documents for research, curricula and diplomatic training.  They also contain data of interest to social scientists since the documentation begins as far back as the 1930s and chronicles changes in how Americans prepared for U.S. government service as well as legal and workplace changes up to the present day.  ADST products are stored at its website: and at the Library of Congress.


Ancestry ProGeneologists

At AncestryProGenealogists, we help our clients connect to their roots and discover their heritage. Our researchers trace family trees, solve difficult family history problems, and find family members using DNA analysis. We use a wide variety of resources from all over the world to help clients reach their family history goals. Once their journey is complete, we can also create heirloom pieces that tell the stories of their ancestors in many different formats, including long and short form narratives, family tree charts, and oral histories.


Baylor University Institute for Oral History

Founded in 1970, the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University is an interdisciplinary program that has focused on broad topics of inquiry, primarily on the South and Southwest, include business, law, religion and culture, World War II, local and institutional history, rural life, fine arts, and historic preservation. Within these topics, examples of recent projects include Texas survivors of genocide, Syrian and Iraqi Christians in Texas, and the Baylor University live mascot program. The institute sponsors grants to Baylor faculty, Texas communities, and external scholars to design, record, and process oral history projects. The Institute also offers an undergraduate course in public and oral history as well a graduate oral history seminar. The Institute is also the headquarters for the Texas Oral History Association, founded in 1982. The oral history collection is available online through the Institute’s web portal,


Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for nearly one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the history, stories and experiences of immigrants to Canada from all walks of life, past to present day. The Museum enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, and highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.


Columbia University Center for Oral History and Master of Arts Program

The Columbia University Center for Oral History (CCOH) is one of the world’s leading centers for the practice and teaching of oral history. CCOH achieves its mission from the union of the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) and Columbia Center for Oral History Archives (CCOHA). CCOHR, housed at INCITE, administers an ambitious research agenda with the goal to record unique life histories, document the central historical events and memories of our times, provide public programming, and to teach and do research across the disciplines.

Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program is the first program of its kind in the United States: a one-year interdisciplinary MA degree training students in oral history method and theory. Through the creation, archiving and analysis of individual, community and institutional histories, we amplify the critical first-person narratives that constitute memory for generations to come.


Duquesne University, Department of History

The History Department at Duquesne University, a proud partner of the Oral History Association, is pleased to offer graduate students earning a traditional or public history M.A. rigorous training in oral history and digital humanities as part of our curriculum. In addition to providing coursework, the department offers graduate students working on course assignments and community outreach projects a twenty-four-hour Digital History Lab with resources to complete a project from conception to completion. Students have access to five computer stations and software such as SketchUp and Social Explorer and Adobe products including Illustrator and Premiere. A student armed with a Tascam DR-100MKIII recorder from one of the four mobile oral history interview recording studios or filming an interview in our new Digital History Studio can seamlessly move from interviewer to editor. Four oral history transcription stations with Express Scribe, pedals, and high-quality headphones expedite transcription. Two lab stations designed to handle special projects and the Digital History Studio provide endless possibilities for dissemination, such as the student-led Third Alternative Oral History Project. Visit our website to learn more about our graduate program and oral history training at Duquesne.


Minnesota Historical Society


Pennsylvania State University

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State – University Park is home to more than 200,000 printed volumes, more than 25 million archival records and manuscripts, and another million photographs, maps, prints and audio-visual items. We offer primary source materials for a diverse community of researchers, who range from K-12 and Penn State students, as well as scholars around the world. We collect in a variety of disciplines, a sampling of which includes Utopian literature, science fiction, labor organization and representation, local Centre County history, and we are also home to the Penn State University Archives.


Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, University of Arkansas


National Public Housing Museum

The National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) is the first cultural institution in the USA dedicated to interpreting the American experience in public housing. NPHM draws on the power of place and memory to illuminate the resilience of poor and working-class families of every race and ethnicity to realize the promise of America. Our mission is to preserve, promote, and propel public housing as a human right.  As a site of conscience, NPHM presents exhibitions and programs that create opportunities for civic engagement around the history and future of housing insecurity. Our exhibitions include both art and artifacts, and unleash the power of storytelling as a catalyst for innovative policy.

Stories, the creation of them and the preservation of them, are about legacy. Stories live when we tell them. Through oral history collection, the National Public Housing Museum seeks to not only tell the stories of public housing, but to give them life by sharing them. Since 2007, the NPHM has been collecting stories from current and former residents of public housing, youth, seniors, and adults. Through first collecting and archiving, the NPHM is working to make these stories available to the general public in its programming and eventually through the Museum’s curated collection. In 2017, the Museum hosted its Oral History Summer School, which trained a group of young people to learn the best practices of recording the stories of a diverse group of people. After the courses were finished, the Oral History Corps was formed. The group has since interviewed a wide range of public housing residents from across the country.


Southern Oral History Program

People make sense of their lives through story. The South is especially rich in storytellers, and has a vibrant past of struggle and renewal. For more than forty years, the Southern Oral History Program has preserved the voices of the southern past. Our aim has been to learn the South’s history from the people who have lived it, who have staked their lives and values in it, and who are eager to supplement the historical record with the vitality of their own accounts. We work to capture priceless memories before they are lost, and present these stories to the public in creative forms.

The SOHP’s collection contains nearly 6000 interviews with men and women from across the South–from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States. Made available online to the public through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection, these interviews capture the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring history to life.  We are housed in the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.


Spelman Independent Scholars (SIS) Oral History Project

The SIS Oral History Project at Spelman College is a two-semester independent, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational learning experience open to students across all majors, and the goal of SIS is to enhance students critical writing and thinking skills. In addition to learning sessions with the SIS faculty mentor, students are exposed to lectures by guest scholars including gerontologists, oral historians, museum curators, and physician-researchers. Through one-on-one independent student relationships and class seminars, the unique yearlong program allows and entrusts students to solicit, understand and archive stories of African-American women elders.  A global component of SIS has included oral history research in Accra, Ghana; Benin, West Africa; and Kingston, Jamaica.


University of Kentucky Institutional Diversity


UW-Madison Oral History Program

The Oral History Program’s collection–held at the UW Madison Archives–currently encompasses over 1,500 interviews (over 4,500 hours) touching on all aspects of the University’s history. The program, started in 1971 as part of the now defunct University History Project, had been led since June 2007 by Troy Reeves. A significant portion of total collection were conducted as a part of special series covering subjects such as the Teaching Assistants Strike of 1970, the UW Merger, the Arboretum, and printmaking at UW since World War II. Other significant historical themes run through many of the interviews, including the Great Depression, the return of the GIs after World War II, the protests against the Vietnam War, academic freedom, and issues regarding gender, race, and sexuality. Along with gathering (and preserving) oral histories, the program also conducts outreach, including oral history presentations and workshops, both on and off campus. It also collaborates with individuals and groups, also on and off campus, interested in conducting oral history interviews or projects.