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.
New Episode of Press Record! Episode 12: Revisiting Backways
This month, we revisit questions about silence, rural segregation, and research. This episode features a conversation between Carol Price and Rachel Cotterman, field scholars here at the SOHP. Rachel is a geography PhD student currently working on Backways and in this episode offers her reflections on the evolution of her research, what silences in the archives and in interviews mean to her, and her own personal connection to this project. We hope this episode gives you an inside look at some of the research going on here at the SOHP and the questions our field scholars are navigating in the process of doing oral history.
Calling All NC Teachers! Apply for the Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows Program!
We’ve teamed up with UNC Humanities’s Carolina K-12 program to offer Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows. This unique program will provide fifteen middle and high school teachers from around the state with an intensive exploration of how to utilize oral histories in the K-12 classroom in effective, meaningful, and creative ways. This year’s focus will be on oral histories from the Civil Rights Movement. For more information and to apply, click here.
New Field Notes post on University History and Oral History
Check out Field Scholar, Charlotte Fryar’s, blog post on her recent interviews: “The unusual thing about interviewing students and alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill as a student and alumna of the same institution, is just that—you are always connected in some way to the stories that people share about their time at Carolina…”
Read the full post here.
Press Record Episode 11: Oral History and the Equal Rights Amendment
For our first episode of 2017, we continue our discussion of women and politics in the South by focusing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). While we were putting together last month’s episode, we noticed many women organizers and political leaders mentioned battles over the ERA in their interviews. As we dug deeper, we realized we had more than enough material to make an entirely new episode.
Listen here and don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes!
New Digital Exhibit: Rural Electrification
Check out the new digital exhibit about rural electrification, featuring a newly-released collection of interviews conducted by the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives that describes how the advent of electricity transformed rural life.
Backways Update in Field Notes
Read Field Scholar Rachel Cotterman’s blog post on Harvey’s Chapel, an AME church outside of Hillsborough that was forced to move after the road on which it was located fell into a state of disrepair. Learn more about the Back Ways Project on racial segregation in the rural South here.
SOHP and The Process Series Collaboration on The Black Pioneers
Over the past year, Southern Oral History Program interns interviewed members of the “Black Pioneers”—the earliest African American students who attended UNC between 1952 and 1972. Using the personal accounts recorded from their interviews and told through performance, remarkable stories emerge of lasting change at UNC and beyond.
Read the article from the Indy Weekly here!