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.
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Receives 2015 Ambrose Award
The Living History Society at Rutgers University has awarded the 2015 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award to Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Founding Director of the Southern Oral History Program and Julia Spruill Professor Emerita at UNC. The award annually honors an individual who has significantly contributed to the field and practice of oral history. Past recipients have included Tom Brokaw (2005), Steven Spielberg (2006), Studs Terkel (2007), Rick Atkinson (2008), Ken Burns (2009), David Isay (2010), Elizabeth and Michael Norman (2011), Isabel Wilkerson (2012), Michael Beschloss (2013), and Peter Bergen (2014).
“All of us at the Southern Oral History Program are thrilled that Jacquelyn’s important contributions to the field are being recognized with this well-deserved award,” says Rachel Seidman, SOHP’s Associate Director. The award, named for the late historian and author Stephen E. Ambrose, will be presented to Hall during Rutgers’ Alumni Weekend in April.
SOHP Intern Podcast: “Rebellion”
The Fall 2014 SOHP interns have just released their first oral history podcast. In this first 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.
Listen Now: Oral Histories Featured at 2014 NC Women’s Summit
The 2014 NC Women’s Summit featured the voices of some of the state’s most powerful women coming together for a day of critical thinking, leadership training, and storytelling; but it also featured voices of women from the SOHP archives speaking on activism, education, and healthcare in the American South. Now you can listen to these interview clips here. (And be sure to also check out videos and photos from this amazing event!)
The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship
On 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.
Moxie Project 2014
In July the Moxie Scholars presented their final project, a fabulous 30-minute documentary about their experiences and a group mural (shown; click image for full-size version). Thank you to all the Moxie Scholars, internship supervisors, partners, friends, and colleagues who have supported the Moxie Project this year! Make sure to read our scholars’ own blog posts at the Moxie Blog, and stay tuned for audio from their interviews.
40th Anniversary Digital Exhibit Now Live
Our digital exhibit commemorating the SOHP 40th Anniversary Celebration on April 4th, 2014 is now 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.