Columbia’s Oral History and Archives: Voice, Storytelling, and Narrative in Historical Research, April 4
Columbia University Oral History Master of the Arts (OHMA) invites you to the 2019 portion of our workshop series on Oral History and the Future: Archives and Embodied Memory.
WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:10 – 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 509 Knox Hall, 606 W 122nd St, New York
When oral histories end up in an archival repository, they live alongside other sources. How do historians bring these different kinds of sources together when they write?
This talk explores methods for blending oral history interviews and archival materials in developing narrative driven writing. Oral histories provide unique opportunities for scholarly and popular writers, especially when combined with “traditional” primary sources drawn from archives. By tracing several recent examples, the talk will explore how oral histories might provide unique and invaluable insights into important historical questions while also engaging different audiences. Through embracing the unique voices expressed in oral history sources, writers can learn to make their narratives more engaging while simultaneously supporting significant scholarly arguments.