Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has worked to preserve the voices of the southern past. We have collected more than 5,000 interviews with people from all walks of life—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States. Made available through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection online, these interviews capture the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring history to life.
Renée Alexander Craft Receives Whiting Fellowship
Congratulations to SOHP Acting Director Renée Alexander Craft on being chosen as an inaugural Whiting Public Engagement Fellow! Renée was selected for her work on Digital Portobelo: Art + Scholarship + Cultural Preservation, an interactive on-line collection of ethnographic interviews, photos, videos, art work, and archival material illuminating the rich culture and history of Portobelo, Panama. She will use the award to expand the project and launch a new inter-generational oral history component of the project.
Publications from the SOHP Family
Check out these recent publications from SOHP Alumni!
Current field scholar Evan Faulkenbury and former intern Aaron Hayworth co-authored an article published in the current issue of the Oral History Review, titled “The Carolina Gay Association, Oral History, and Coming Out at the University of North Carolina.” This essay grew out of the work of the 2013-2014 SOHP undergraduate interns as they studied the history of LGBT activism at UNC Chapel Hill and conducted oral history interviews with former activists.
And former field scholar Jessica Wilkerson published an article in the current issue of Gender & History; her essay is titled “The Company Owns the Mine but They Don’t Own Us: Feminist Critiques of Capitalism in the Coalfields of Kentucky in the 1970s” and examines women’s involvement in the Brookside Mine strike of 1974.
Press Record Episode 3 Now Live
On Friday, March 18th we released the second episode of our podcast, Press Record! For Women’s History Month we focused on oral history, feminism, and women’s activism. The episode features Katherine Turk, a historian of women’s history at UNC Chapel Hill; Jessica Wilkerson, a historian at the University of Mississippi and SOHP alumna; and Cara Schumann a former scholar from the Moxie Project at UNC. Learn more about the podcast and listen here; and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes to get new episodes straight to your device!
Support the Jacquelyn Hall Summer Fund
We’re over halfway to our goal of endowing the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship Fund! The Hall Fund will provide an annual summer award to a graduate student to support his or her research in oral history, in honor of SOHP founding director Jacquelyn Dowd Hall and her years of service to the program. The effort is being spearheaded by former students of Dr. Hall alongside the SOHP. To support this important work, learn more and donate here.