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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.

Press Record Episode 10: Southern Women in Politics

tumblr_inline_nq20jgpuph1qce1ag_500We’re back at Press Record! After two special episodes, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming featuring a discussion of oral history and women in politics in the South.

This past election season was historic; it was the first time a major party has nominated a female candidate for President and the second time in recent history when a woman has launched a Presidential campaign. In the wake of this moment, we present a podcast focusing on Southern women in politics.From fighting for the ballot to running for office, Southern women have been on the frontlines of many flash-points in women’s political history. Listen here and don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes!

Back Ways Update in Field Notes

img_8375-300x225Read Field Scholar, Rachel Cotterman’s, piece on Harvey’s Chapel. Learn more about the Back Ways Project here.




Press Record Episode 9: Veterans and Oral History

In PRESS LOGO-03honor of Veterans Day, we’re releasing a special edition of Press Record that features oral histories with veterans. We believe that oral history allows space for interviewees to reflect back on their time of service and have ownership over how they frame their experience in the military. In this episode you will hear from students and veterans navigating this process. Learn more about the podcast and listen here; and don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes!


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!


 New Blog Post: In Remembrance of Dianne Levy

dianne-levyHead over to Fieldnotes to read SOHP alumna and current Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi, Jessica Wilkerson’s piece in remembrance on Dianne Levy, feminist and peace activist who dedicated her life to ending violence against women.



Press Record Special Edition: From the Archive: Voices of Charlotte

// we finished our episode about oral history for movement building, organizing and protests began in Charlotte, North Carolina in response to the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. As a result, we met as a team to figure out how we could speak to the current organizing in Charlotte by bringing to the forefront the city’s long history of activism. Listen to this special edition of the podcast, and find links to additional information for understanding Charlotte activism here.

Press Record Episode 7 Now Live!

PRESS LOGO-03Press Record is back for the first episode of the school year! The topic for this month is Oral History for Movement Building. The main questions guiding this month’s episode are: how have activists incorporated oral history into their work and how can oral historians take their work outside the academy and begin to mobilize in their communities?
Learn more about the podcast and listen here; and don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes!

New Roots Receives the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award (Major Project) from the Oral History Association

new roots screenshotIn 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. We are delighted and honored to announce that New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte is the recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award (Major Project). Congratulations and many thanks to our wonderful colleagues and supporters at the Latino Migration Project in the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University Libraries, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more and learn about other award recipients here.

Renée Alexander Craft Receives Whiting Fellowship

RAC in panamaCongratulations 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!

OHRCurrent 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.

jessieAnd 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.


Support the Jacquelyn Hall Summer Fund

jdh squareWe’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.


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