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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.


 New Episode of Press Record
Episode 13: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces

This month, Press Record dives into an ongoing project about oral history and immigration in North Carolina. In the following episode, Carol sits down with Maria Ramírez and Laura Villa who both worked on the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Project. New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces is a bilingual digital archive that contains oral histories from Latin American migrants in North Carolina as well as North Carolinians who have worked closely with migrants in the state. In the half hour, you’ll hear oral history clips, conversations about what went into making a bilingual digital archive, and how New Roots has moved beyond the walls of academia. You can listen to the episode below through SoundCloud and please subscribe and rate us on iTunes here!

Press Record: Episode 12: Revisiting Backways

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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.

You can listen to the episode through SoundCloud and please subscribe and rate us on iTunes here!

  New Field Notes post on University History and Oral History

Renee Alexander Craft featured in The Daily Tar Heel, 1992

Renee Alexander Craft featured in The Daily Tar Heel, 1992

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

ERA.YES!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

dansville-lineCheck 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

img_8375-300x225Read 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

14642472_1247480865319615_8531675736521382859_nOver 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!


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