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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.

Apply Now: Spring 2016 SOHP Undergrad Internship

internflyerWe’re now accepting applications to our undergraduate internship program for the Spring 2016 semester! This competitive program provides experiential education in the intellectual, organizational, and practical work of oral history. It includes a research project, “beat” work at the SOHP office, and participation in a weekly seminar. For more information about the program, visit our internship page. Applications are due November 23rd, 2015, sent to; download the application here.

Jaycie Vos on Metadata

jaycie_in_charlestonCoordinator of Collections Jaycie Vos continues to do great things with metadata in her case study, “New Roots: An Oral History Metadata Case Study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” which was recently featured on the Oral History in the Digital Age website. Her article discusses how the New Roots initiative (part of the Latino Migration Project) utilizes metadata in CONTENTdm in new ways to create an accessible Omeka-powered bilingual website for accessing oral histories. This is part of a larger series on the OHA Metadata Task Force, which Jaycie co-founded and will present on this week at the OHA 2015 Annual Meeting. For more information on her panel, “Metadata: Not Your Average Toothbrush,” visit the OHA program website here.

CSAS Director Kenneth Janken Wins Connor Award

jankenCSAS Director Kenneth Janken is the 2015 recipient of the R. D. W. Connor Award, given by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the best article to have appeared in the North Carolina Historical Review each year. His winning article is entitled “Remembering the Wilmington Ten: African American Politics and Judicial Corruption in the 1970s,” and featured research from the SOHP collections. Congratulations, Dr. Janken!

SOHP Intern Podcast: “Rebellion”

handbookThe Fall 2014 SOHP interns released the first SOHP Intern oral history podcast. In this installment, undergraduate interns David Farrow and Rachel Worsham discuss two different types of rebellion at UNC. Act 1 focuses on the dismantling of  rules applicable only to women students at Carolina, led by Sharon Rose Powell. Act 2 discusses the Lenoir Foodworkers’ Strike from the perspective of Ashley David, a member of the Black Student Movement. Using the SOHP archives, the interns highlight and explore the role of rebellion at UNC. To listen to the podcast, visit our Soundcloud page here.

The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship

jdh smOn September 20th, 2014, more than 120 people gathered at UNC to celebrate and honor the legacy of SOHP’s founding director, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, as she retires from the Department of History. Now, to honor Jacquelyn in a permanent way, we’re excited to announce a fundraising effort for the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship Fund. Learn more about this fund, which will support graduate student research, at our donor page here.

40th Anniversary Digital Exhibit

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.49.04 AMOur digital exhibit commemorating the SOHP 40th Anniversary Celebration on April 4th, 2014 is live! Take a tour through decades of materials including old documents, interview clips, photographs, and even a video clip of our panel discussion with Howard Lee, Valeria Lee, Jacquelyn Hall, Jessie Wilkerson, and Bill Chafe.  Check it out here.

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