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Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has worked to preserve the voices of the southern past. We have collected 6,000 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.

Summer Grants & Fellowships

Each year the Southern Oral History Program offers grants and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to expand their skillset and conduct research using oral history, and is currently accepting applications for our Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship Awards and the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship for graduate students.

The Southern Oral History Program is offering three competitive summer 2019 undergraduate field research awards for students at UNC Chapel Hill to conduct 10 weeks of summer oral history fieldwork that includes researching and collecting oral histories for one of SOHP’s research projects.

The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Research Fellowship provides one graduate student attending the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who has taken Introduction to Oral History (History 670), or who can demonstrate competency and experience with oral history methods, with support to pursue research pertaining to oral history during the summer of 2019.

Applications for both are due March 1, 2019 by 5pm EST.

Follow this link to learn more.

2019 Oral History Workshops

The SOHP will offer three Introduction to Oral History Workshops for UNC students in winter 2019. The workshop will introduce participants to oral history, with a specific focus on conducting interviews. Follow this link to sign-up.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:30-7:30PM
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 2:00-4:00PM
Monday, March 25, 2019, 5:30-7:30PM

There is no cost for this workshop, but each one is limited to 15 participants. Students must register prior to attending. All workshops will be held at the Love House & Hutchins Forum at 410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Email questions to

SOHP Field Scholar, Ina Dixon, Recognized as a 2018-19 E. Maynard Adams Fellow for the Public Humanities

Carolina Public Humanities recently announced the 2018-19 recipients of the Maynard Adams Fellowship for the Public Humanities. This fellowship honors the distinguished philosopher Maynard Adams (1919-2003), who was a long-time professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, a prominent advocate for the value of the humanities in public education and in public cultures, and a campus leader who established the Program in the Humanities in Human Values, now called Carolina Public Humanities, in 1979. The Adams Fellows focus on ideas and activities to promote public engagement with the humanities. The Adams Fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from the Taylor Charitable Trust. Learn more about Ina Dixon.

Flutronix Dives into the SOHP Archive for their Latest Work

Our archive is being used in a new and innovative way this fall by Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, the electronic flute playing duo that makes up Flutronix. They have recently started their two year artist’s residency commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts. During this residency they seek to create an evening-long performance titled Discourse by collaborating with community resources such as the Marian Cheek Jackson Center as well as our own archive. Once completed, this piece will be premiered in a performance at Carolina Performing Arts (CPA). They presented the first piece of Discourse titled “Freedom School” at CPA on Friday, September 21. This piece drew upon a 2010 SOHP interview with Civil Rights activist and former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member Willie Blue for the text of the song.

We are excited to see incredible stories in our archives get a new life through this project and will be sharing updates along the way. In the meantime, you can read more about their residency, Discourse, and their performance via the IndyWeek and WUNC. You can also access the full 2010 interview with Willie Blue here. 

Listen to Press Record Episode 16: Confederate Monuments

In this episode of Press Record, we are focusing on a confederate monument on UNC’s campus called Silent Sam. For decades he’s been a source controversy, and currently students and local activists are calling for his removal. We hope that by exploring the issues surrounding Silent Sam and what he means to generations of North Carolinians, we can help unpack the wider issues. We’ll hear from John Sellars, an African American student activist who attended UNC in the 1960s, during the early years of the university’s integration, Mistyre Bonds, a current African American student activist, and Dr. William Sturkey, a history professor here at UNC.

Listen here!

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