Stories to Save Lives seeks to bring the powerful research methodology of oral history to bear on one of the critical issues facing our state: healthcare. We know that health outcomes vary across the state, by race, class, gender, and region, but the quantitative measures we have cannot always explain enough about why. In order to develop more effective interventions to save and improve lives, healthcare professionals need the stories that people themselves have to tell. Listen to the interviews we’ve collected so far here.
More than 400 of the interviews in SOHP’s collection focus on the history of the University of North Carolina, and we’re adding to that number every year with the help of our undergraduate interns, graduate field scholars, and affiliated oral historians. This year, one of our Field Scholars, Charlotte Fryar, is adding to the collection as part of the Chancellor’s Task Force on UNC Chapel Hill History. Browse the growing collection here.
Developed with the Latino Migration Project in 2007, this growing collection of oral histories focuses on issues related to Latino migration to North Carolina and the formation of Latino communities. In 2014, this project received a generous award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to make the New Roots collection accessible to new regional, national and global public constituencies, particularly within Spanish-speaking Latino and Latin American communities. Explore the growing collection here.
This series of interviews are collected by the SOHP’s undergraduate interns as part of their projects on student activism. Topics covered by the SOHP interns include: The Speaker Ban, LGBTQ activism, Women’s history, and the Black Pioneers. This year’s interns will focus on the veteran experience at Carolina. Browse the interviews here, and visit the internship program page.
This series of projects seeks to explore the histories and cultures of the rural south on multiple fronts, and includes the Back Ways project, Native American foodways, and the Introduction to Oral History course. For more information, visit the project page.
This project, a sub category of the larger Women’s Movement in the South, focuses on conservative women activists. These interviews cover a range of topics, including anti-abortion protests, evangelical theology, Republican Party organizing, lobbying work, politics, and the roles that women have played in shaping modern conservatism in the American South. For more information, visit the project page.
This project, funded by a $130,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, explores the media environment in North Carolina as shaped by local voices. For more information, visit the project page or check out the blog.