This is the website for a project aimed at increasing access to the collections of the British Library Sound Archive. It allows authorised access to "12,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments". The Archival Sound Recordings (ASR) project (funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme) aims to make 4,000 hours of digitised audio freely available to the higher and further education communities of the UK. The website provides project information and details of the following collections, selected for digitisation: African Writers Club; Art and design interviews; Beethoven String Quartets; David Rycroft Africa recordings between the 1960s and 1980s; Klaus Wachsmann Uganda recordings 1949-1954; Oral history of jazz in Britain; Records and record players (100 interviews with people involved in all areas of the recording industry); Soundscapes; and St Mary-le-Bow public debates, given by well-known public figures, including John Betjeman, Diana Rigg and A. S. Byatt. Not listed on either the sidebar or drop-down menus is the substantial collection titled 'Oral History of British Photography', which is only to be found subsumed within the general mass of art and design interviews. Users will require an additional username and password, in order to access the audio files. Students and staff in higher education in the UK can set up personal user access at their university library counter. Once accessed, audio files can be downloaded to a user's computer to enable them to cut, loop, transcribe, embed and otherwise re-purpose for academic use.
The Archive of Women in Science and Engineering aims to preserve the historical heritage of American women in these fields. The collection is held at the Special Collections Department of Iowa State University and is intended to serve as a local, regional, national and international resource. The website gives details of the archive and the motivation behind putting the archive together. Descriptions of each collection are provided and include biographical information and details of the scope and content of each collection. Bibliographic details of the rare books held by the archive are also available from the site. Other features of the site include details of an oral history project being undertaken, a bibliography and related links.
The website "The Australian Centre for Public History" provides information about projects and research carried out at this research centre (ACPH) at the University of Technology, Sydney. The aims of the Centre are to promote public history in both the public sphere and in academia and to provide funding, advice and teaching for those interested in public history. It serves both as a focus point for historians and for the institutions, companies, industries, local community groups, and local authorities who wish to record or document various aspects of their history. ACPH is particularly interested in how Australians learn about their history. The Centre offers opportunities for public historians, such as community or consultant historians to interact with and have access to other professional historians and also runs workshops and conferences. The Centre publishes the "Public History Review" which can be read with a free of charge subscription. Past and current research project can be consulted on the site.
The website 'The Battle of Britain' is part of oral history project from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, enabling users to listen to extracts from 10 interviews with pilots from Britain, New Zealand and Poland who took part in this aerial conflict in 1940. This is a simple and straightforward webpage that allows free access to these extracts, providing an interesting opportunity to listen to the voices of some of "the Few". The audio extracts require Real One Player. There is a transcript of each clip and an accompanying photo, perhaps of the aircraft being described. The photos are in the form of thumbnails and can be enlarged. The archival reference number for the interview at the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive is provided. To set this webpage in context, users should visit the Museum's excellent 'The Battle of Britain - Introduction' page.
Part of the BBC England website, the section of "BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Local History: a history through people" is concerned with the history of Coventry and Warwickshire during the twentieth century. It features a selection of digitised photographs covering the last century from 1900 until the 1980s, which have been taken from the Pictures of Coventry website. In addition to this there is a section entitled 'Watch and Listen', which contains audio files of residents of Coventry speaking about the Second World War air raids in 1940. Listening to the files requires a RealPlayer, which can be downloaded from the site for free. There are also links to other resources on the local history in this area.
The website Breaking the Silence is an online oral history archive published by the Irish Centre for Migration Studies from the University College Cork. Available on the site are fifty interviews with individuals about the impact of emigration in the 1950s on those who stayed living in Ireland. On the site there is a very thorough explanation of how the project was devised and carried out, and there is a good bibliography on oral history too. In terms of content there is an introduction to life in Ireland in the 1950s written by academics, with particular reference to the demographic malaise, modernisation, and Irish ways of life, and each section incorporates relevant interviews. Also included in this section are photographs, statistics, newspaper clippings, and other related resources. The oral history interviews themselves can be browsed or searched, and for each there is a chronological summary of the content. They can be listened to with a free RealOne Player, and either the entire interview can be accessed, or smaller segments.
The website of the "British Cinema History Research Project (BCHRP)" provides information on the projects based at the School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia. One of the projects involves publishing online searchable transcriptions of the most significant interviews from the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) Oral History project. It focuses on interviews with those who have worked behind the camera, whose taped interviews are archived at the British Film Institute (BFI). The second project is a searchable online index for the trade journal for film producers and exhibitors,"Kine Weekly", the successor to "Optical Magic Lantern and Photographic Enlarger", which began publication around 1890. In the 1970s the publication merged with "Today's Cinema", and became "Screen International". This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now the AHRC) within the Resource Enhancement scheme.
This is the "Oral history" section of the British Library Sound Archive website. It features a searchable online version of the oral history catalogue, which includes both audio and video resources. The collections accessible through this archive include the National Life Story Collection, BBC broadcasts and the Jewish life recordings, which include interviews with Holocaust survivors. The site features general information about oral history and how to use the collections. Further links with relevant information and recordings direct to the British Library Archival Sound Recordings project, where anyone within the higher education system in UK can access the digitised material. An oral history select bibliography is available for download in PDF format.
The website "National Life Stories" (previously the National Life Story Collection) of the British Library provides information about and access to the NLSC, which was established in 1987 and which works within the Oral History Section of the British Library's National Sound Archive. Its key focus and expertise has been oral history fieldwork, collecting testimonies from "as wide a cross-section of present-day society as possible". Further information is available through the National Sound Archives online catalogue. Sections of the community interviewed include the following categories: city lives; architects; lives in steel; Fawcett Collection; an oral history of the Post Office; and book trade lives. Interviewees have included distinguished figures such as: Geoffrey Jellicoe; Eduardo Paolozzi; Betty Boothroyd; and Asa Briggs. There is also a project working on 'The Living Memory of the Jewish Community', which records the experiences of over 150 survivors of the Jewish Holocaust. Other projects listed on the site include: An Oral History of British Fashion, An Oral History of the Post Office, or Tesco: an Oral History. The interviews themselves can be found following the link from the page to Archival Sound Recording site of the British Libraryand should be available for students and staff of any university in UK.
This is the homepage of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS). The site gives an overview of this academic professional association, including its constitution and contacts for board members and how to join. It offers information on BSECS conferences, with calls for papers which notably focus on work by postgraduates. Online conference papers are posted in full on the website, along with a forum for public comment, although user registration is required. The site additionally lists relevant external conferences as well as their programmes, and provides links to journals, other professional associations and resources that relate to scholarly study of the 18th century.
The British Rocketry Oral History Project (BROHP) aims to document "the experiences of those who worked on the British rocketry programmes of the 50s and 60s", at a time when the British space programme was in many areas equal to that of the USA and the USSR. The website has details of the project, and the BROHP conference. As of August 2007, two sets of conference proceedings are available in printed form, as 'Prospero: The Journal of British Rocketry and Nuclear History'. Two sample full-text articles are freely available from the journal. The Project also covers the space race in Australia, since that was where Britain had test sites.
St John Ambulance and The British Red Cross have collaborated to present a history of their work on the home front during World War Two. The website Caring on the Home Front uses oral history to illustrate how volunteers who joined the Joint War Organisation (JWO) - a partnership between St John's and The Red Cross - provided a wide range of essential medical and welfare services for civilians, prisoners of war, soldiers on leave, wounded soldiers, and victims of air raids. Brief, illustrated, historical background notes are given on these topics, as well as video (in winamp media format) and audio clips (mp3 format), to supplement the transcripts of the oral history interviews of people who volunteered with the two organisations during the Second World War. For teachers there is also an online collection of classroom ideas, resources and project sheets for key stages 2 and 3.
The website of the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester offers a range of online resources, as well as providing information about the study of urban history. The site is divided into three main categories, Study, Resources,and News. Study provides details of the various postgraduate courses taught at the Centre for Urban History, which include taught MAs in Urban History, European Urbanisation and Social History, as well as research Mphils and PhDs, and a range of short postgraduate diploma and certificate courses. The Resources section provides general information about a range of databases and research materials available at the Centre or online. These include online catalogues for the Centre's library, the East Midlands Oral History Archive, the Dyos collection, and the Small Towns Project. In addition, the Research section lists staff and postgraduate research interests, relevant publications, seminar programmes, and general information about the Centre such as opening hours and the location of resources. Also included on the site is information about how to join the Centre for Urban History, and news of seminars and conferences. The Newsletter of CUH. "Urban History News", is published monthly and available on the site for 6 months; older copies can be requested from the CUH.
Conversations with History was started in 1982 by Henry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. The aim of the series is to capture and preserve intellectual ideas by interviewing prominent figures about their lives and work. Conversations with History includes over 200 interviews which are being put onto the website in both text and video formats. Subjects for interview include diplomats, statesmen, soldiers, economists, political analysts, scientists, historians, writers, foreign correspondents, activists and artists. The interviews aim to include discussions of political, economic, military, legal, cultural and social issues which shape the world. The interviews can be browsed by guest name, profession, topic or date.
This is a Web page detailing the context, range, and availability of the dataset 'Credit, Class and Community: Working Class Belfast, 1930-2000', hosted by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). From this Web page you may download PDF and HTML files giving introductory information about the study. The data itself is available to order from the HDS as a set of RTF or PDF files, though to make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS: further information is supplied giving instructions. The project aimed to collect detailed oral testimony from 40 retired working-class people on their experiences of credit, debt and consumerism. The interviews were to designed to gather innovative historical information on the changing circumstances of financial management in working-class homes. Information was sought on the impact of family gender, generation, neighbourhood, occupation, income, and religion on financial decision making. The project also set out to identify and describe the various forms of credit used by working-class consumers in Belfast and to explain changes over time. As well as aiming to gather testimony on experiences of, and attitudes towards, credit and debt, the project was designed to excavate and explore the forms of social memory that exist within working-class Belfast.
The 'Dictionary of British Circus Biography' (DBCB) aims to create an "index of showmen, performers and other people associated with circus" in the British Isles. The DBCB website has details of the project, and calls for contributions of materials. The project is run by John Turner, a circus scholar and contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography, and the website has a list of his publications. These include the 3,000-entry 'Victorian Arena; the Performers' and the DBCB aims to build on this work by adding to it details of 20th century British circus performers. The DBCB is said to be due for print publication at some point in the future, and is currently said to contain 11,000 biographical records and 10,500 "records of actual circus visits".
This website describes an AHRC-funded project examining the transformation of personal archives from physical objects (such as journals, photographs, letters) to digital media and the implications this has on libraries, research repositories and scholarship. The project team consists of people from the British Library (the lead partner), University College London and University of Bristol. The project runs from September 2007 until March 2009, with dissemination continuing until June 2009, and is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library. The website has full details of this wide-ranging project, the research team and partners. Details of publications by team members are available as a PDF document, and the project aims to place full-text papers on the website at a future date. The team has a weblog, going back to the start of the project. Information is also provided about the Digital Lives conference, which was held on 10th February 2009.
The Doc Rowe archive is a unique independent collection that documents contemporary English folk customs and annual events. It contains historical material, as well as constantly updated contemporary resources. David R. 'Doc' Rowe annually revisits around 180 traditional events in the British Isles, making sound recordings, photographs and collecting ephemera connected with the events. This internationally important archive is currently stored in a community centre in Sheffield, and, although public contributions go towards the renting of the storage space, Doc's activities are self-funded. The website contains a biography of Doc, a detailed description of material in the collection, a full list of events he covers, and a small selection of his photographs shown at small size. The website also has details of the Doc Rowe Collection Support Group and how to make financial donations for the rent of the storage space.
This is the website of the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) joint project of Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester, the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland (ROLLR), and Leicester City Museums and Library Services. The hope is to establish the a large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire and Rutland. One of the archive's main tasks is to retrieve as many existing recordings as possible, enhance them when necessary, and make them more accessible through a website, an online catalogue, newsletters and edited CD-ROMS and cassettes. Some of the recordings will also be available later in libraries and museums. EMOHA also intends to make new oral history recordings through its own programme of interviews, and by encouraging other groups individuals to develop their own projects.
Edwardians Online improves access to qualitative data archives relating to British society in the Edwardian period. Based on a series of 444 interviews recorded during the early 1970s by Paul Thomson, the website provides access to summaries of each, the full transcripts of five, and a collection of digital sound clips taken from the original recordings. The site also offers: thematic browsing of extracts; background information and reviews of Thompson's original study; details of publications based upon secondary studies of the collection; and a small collection of digitised photographs from the period. A separate section on the methodology of the project provides additional information on digital resources for qualitative data, and on the use of XML in developing such resources.Edwardians Online receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and, indirectly, from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) via the UK Data Archive.
The "Bibliography of oral history" is a site compiled by the staff of The Qualitative Data Service (formerly the ESRC Qualitative Data Archival Resource Centre) at the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex. This organisation provides advice about social sciences qualitative research data, including the conduting of oral history projects. It is a specialist unit housed within the UK Data Archive (UKDA) at the University of Essex. The website's reliance on ASP to deliver the online content sometimes affects pages loading correctly in some browsers.
The website ESDS Qualidata (formerly the ESRC Qualitative Data Archival Resource Centre) at the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex provides a national service for the acquisition, dissemination and re-use of social sciences qualitative research data. It is a specialist unit housed within the UK Data Archive (UKDA) at the University of Essex. The website provides information about availability and access to qualitative research materials including nationally sponsored research. There is online access to the Datacatalogue, the searchable database of records of sources of qualitative data available in the UK, as well as the UKDA online catalogue. The website's reliance on ASP to deliver the online content sometimes affects pages loading correctly in some browsers. Some datasets are online at this site, and the searchable catalogue describes distributed sources of a wide range of qualitative studies. At the time of review, there were four classic sociology collections in the online ESDS Qualidata: 'The Edwardians; Mother and Daughter; 100 Families; Mothers alone. The UK Data Archive receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Economic and Social Research Council.
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive website provides online, for free, unprecedented access to primary source material from some of the major British First World War poets. This archive consists predominantly of correspondence and manuscripts from the poets: Wilfred Owen; Edward Thomas; Robert Graves; David Jones; Roland Leighton; Isaac Rosenberg; and Vera Brittain, plus contextual images, video and audio, from the Imperial War Museum and other institutions. These include a complete run of "The Hydra" (the Journal of the Patients at the Craiglockhart War Hospital, plus propaganda pamphlets, forces' newspapers, and postcards). Other poets being researched by the project include: Edmund Blunden; Ivor Gurney; and Siegfried Sassoon - their material should be added to the archive in the summer-autumn 2009. The project shows how these resources can be used in teaching - at all levels and for subjects as diverse as Gender Studies, English literature, literacy, Media Studies, Welsh as a Second Language and History. The archive builds on the Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature Project (1996-98) which was widely used in schools, further education colleges, and for university teaching and research. The tutorials created for that earlier project have been updated: The four tutorials consist of: An Introduction to World War I Poetry (referring to the work of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Isaac Rosenberg, and women's poetry, as well as Trench poetry and songs); Issac Rosenberg's "Break of Day in the Trenches"; An Introduction to Manuscript Study and the Creation of a Critical Edition (examining Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est"); and An Introduction to Text Analysis. The archive offers a "path creation scheme" whereby teachers and other users can annotate and save their own route through the materials.The project is based at the University of Oxford and is part of the JISC Digitisation Programme.
There are also sample tutorials, links to related websites, and podcasts from individuals such as Ian Hislop, Richard Holmes, Max Arthur, and Gary Sheffield, as well as recordings made at conferences and events about the literature of World War One.
The project has also collected materials about the First World War held by the British public into the Great War Archive. This includes diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, memorabilia and other ephemera from ex-soldiers, service personnel and the home front.
The website Folklore and Mythology at Harvard provides information on the study of those subjects at Harvard University. It is useful to those already in the field or who are thinking of studying these subjects. It provides a good explanation of the disciplines and how they are taught at the university as well as an outline of the faculty and their specialities. The site emphasises the position of folklore studies in between the social sciences and the humanities, and its very interdisciplinary nature with the possibility of specialising in regional and/or themed areas. The course summaries are also online, which enables the potential student to examine the degree classes more closely and gain a better idea of the types of subjects studied at this level.
Although the primary aim of this website, from the Imperial War Museum, is to sell audiobooks, there is nevertheless a wealth of information available regarding both the publications' details, extracts from the publications, and some information on the major wars and battles fought by Britain, and the British, during the twentieth century. "The Forgotten Voices series brings the Imperial War Museum's sound archive to life. The sound archive features thousands of interviews with people who survived wars in which the British were involved in the 20th Century. The series is comprised of the following books: Forgotten Voices of the Great War, Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust, Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain, Forgotten Voices of the Second World War and Forgotten Voices of the Falklands." The website is simply designed and easy to navigate: the list of available publications runs down the left-hand-side of the page, and clicking on them brings up further options on the top-right-hand-side of the page to access further details. It is possible to buy the books online via this website. There is, moreover, links from the home page to the 'Your Voice' website, which provides access to an online forum for ex-servicemen and women to share their stories, thoughts and memories of serving in the British Armed Forces.
The 'From slavery to freedom: the African-American pamphlet collection 1822-1909' website, compiled by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress provides access to the full-text of 396 pamphlets published between 1822 and 1909. The pamphlets cover topics including slavery, African colonization, reconstruction and emancipation. The type of material on the site includes personal accounts, public orations, legislative speeches and legislative speeches. The pamphlets have been scanned and these images are available from the site. The pamphlets have all also been transcribed. It is possible to search the collection by keyword or to browse the collection by title, author or subject. A list of related websites is also available from this site.
"Greenham Common : The Women's Peace Camp" is an online exhibition from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive. The exhibition provides a brief account of the anti-nuclear protests from 1981-2000 against the decision to site Cruise Missiles (guided nuclear missiles) in the UK, at Greenham Common Air Base near Newbury, Berkshire, and what became known as the "Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp". The Peace Camp remained as a continuing protest against nuclear weapons after all missiles sited at Greenham were removed after the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the US and the Soviet Union, and after the United States Air Force left the base in 1992 soon to be followed by the RAF. The exhibition is divided into: "Life in the Women's Peace Camp" (includes how the women constructed makeshift homes and methods of non-violent protest); and "Life in Greenham Common Air Base" (includes accounts about the difficulties faced by the police and army in dealing with the Greenham women). The main resource are 14 extracts from the Sound Archive's interviews from the 1990s with women who were living at, or involved with the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, as well as military personnel working inside the base. The Greenham interviews are part of a larger project covering the Anti-War Movement from 1914 onwards. All these interviews are available to listen to at the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive. Each audio clip requires Real One Player. There is also a transcript of each clip, as well as the archive's reference number for the interview.
This website is an online exhibition curated by The Imperial War Museum. The website provides information concerning its recordings of those who participated on the Greenham Camp which protested against the siting of cruise missiles near Newbury, Berkshire, England. These recordings form part of a broader anti-war movement project. There is a brief history of the Greenham Common Camp and an overview of what it was like to live there. There are also more detailed accounts of what it was like to live on the military camp.
H-Oralhist is an online discussion network suitable for students interested in oral history and 'tape-recorded remembrances of past experiences'. This online resource has been active since 1993 and encourages public historians, students, local historians and university faculty members to take part in their discussions. The list is free to join but one need not subscribe in order to read sources posted to the website. The site is arranged in two main sections: H-Oralhist Introductions, with information about subscriptions, announcements and contributors; and H-Oralhist Resources, where details about centers (dealing with oral history), conferences, projects, bibliographies, sound-file archives, discussions, and reviews are posted. The main page displays the recent messages. The content has not been updated regularly since some of the links on the site are broken, including the one to the Oral History Association.
Originally published in 1991 by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, the website 'Harlem 1900-1940: An African-American Community' has subsequently been developed by Cultural Heritage Initiatives for Community Outreach (CHICO), School of Information, University of Michigan. Describing itself as a history education portfolio, the exhibition in the site traces the rise of Harlem from 1900, when the community was still coping with the transitional legacy of the Civil War, to the first Harlem Renaissance during the interwar period. The exhibition presents the history of the community through photographs and short biographies and histories of over 30 key figures and organisations. Designed first and foremost as a teaching tool, this site bolsters its exhibition with an instructional strategies page for teachers. This page explains the objectives of the exhibition and suggests methods of introducing archival photographs into historical lessons; it also presents the theory and practise of Oral History to those who seek to use it for educational purposes. There is a resource page with links to various related sites and two bibliographies in the subject aimed at students and teachers, respectively. One of the most helpful aspects of the site is a searchable database of writers, artists and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. In general, the site is attractive and informative, and is clearly laid out with no problems in navigation.
The Sound Archive website forms part of the Imperial War Museum's Collections online project. It details the holdings of the oral history collection and links to the online searchable database. The database is largely made up of interviews conducted with forces personnel and civilians who experienced military conflict during the twentieth century. There are also historic broadcasts and recordings (both TV and radio), such as the BBC broadcasts of Winston Churchill's speeches during World War Two and British and German propaganda pieces. In addition, available are reproductions of sound effects and a miscellaneous collection of interviews, including reports from the Nuremburg trials. Coverage includes experiences of the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War and the Malayan Emergency, as well as the Falklands War and the Gulf Conflict. Contact information is provided for those wishing to use the Sound Archive, and links to online exhibitions that incorporate material from the collections.
Published in the USA by Alexander Street Press the In the First Person (FIRP) website is a free service providing an index to over 3,500 collections in the English language from around the globe. Using a keyword search facility this resource enables the user to access over 650,000 pages of full-text narratives from over 15,000 individuals. Covering key historical events over the past 500 years, from the Protestant Reformation, 1500-1650 to September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001, the main focus of the resource is from an American perspective, though major events in world history are covered. These include the English Civil War, the American Civil War, the First World War, and the Second World War, and the events are listed with clear indication of how many texts are available (sometimes hundreds), as well as a few audio recordings and even video for a small minority of events. Further the index provides access to thousands of diaries, letters, and oral history entries. The resource provides a basic Quick Search function, along with the ability to search via a "Search Collections" and "Search Documents" function. Boolean operators are able to be used in these sections (for example, AND, OR, NOT). A "Table of Contents" section enables user to browse search via: respositories; date; collections; places; documents; all subjects; and historical events. A statement of copyright indicates how these files may be used, and their is a clear editorial policy. According to the website 'approximately 25% of the index points to materials that are in copyright. These materials can be purchased as a subscription.'
The website of the Independence Seaport Museum, based in Philadelphia, reflects the maritime history of the area and its port with an attractive and well laid out resource. Exhibits include the history of Philadelphia's role in the China Trade that began in the late 1700s. Photos and information are available for the museum's two historic ships, the cruiser USS Olympia, and the submarine Becuna. There is an interesting oral history project bringing submariners and school students together, which includes a video. There is an educational program and the museum has a library which is also a maritime research centre for the region. Opening hours and contact details are provided.
This is the website for the AHRC-funded research project ‘Island Cultural Archives’ which consisted of a series of workshops and field research in the Western Isles to facilitate knowledge exchange between academic, local history and heritage professionals and organisations regarding the archive resources of three specific communities - Benbecula, South Uist, and Eriskay. Each workshop was built round a theme: Oral Tradition; Deserted Settlement; Visual Legacy and are written up here.
The award winning Knowsley Local History website, provides access to the local studies collection, and is an interactive history of this Lancashire Borough's townships, namely: Cronton; Halewood; Huyton; Kirkby; Knowsley; Prescot; Roby; Tarbock; and Whiston. Over 500 photographs record Knowsley's people, personalities, buildings and events in an online exhibition. Ordnance Survey maps, museum artifacts, archives, and audio interviews with local people add to the presentation. There is a history tour and timeline showing each townships' origins, growth and development over the last thousand years, with keywords serving as links to related images. Maps and plans can be magnified for greater clarity and links are included to images of many of the buildings. It is also possible to browse through the photographs for a particular township, read biographical entries for some of the famous people (such as the Derby family, Harold Wilson, Edward Lear and Rex Harrison) and about famous buildings (Knowsley Hall for example) associated with the Borough. The reference numbers on the website relate to the images of actual photographs, artifacts or maps from the libraries, the Prescot Museum, and Lancashire Record Office at Preston. There is a bibliography of the sources consulted and also information on using local history resources. Eileen Hume, Knowsley Local Studies and Archives Librarian, won the Local Studies Librarian of the Year in 1999 (the Library Association Local Studies Group Dorothy McCulla Memorial Award), for her work in the creation of the Knowsley Local History website.
The 'Korea - Recollections of the Korean War, 1950-1953' website is an online presentation from an oral history project from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, which interviewed British and Commonwealth Korean War veterans about their experiences (including troops from Britain, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa). This resource accompanies the 'Voices From Korea' exhibition at the Museum (2000-2003). Online, there is an opportunity to listen to extracts from 8 interviews from United Nations troops from the Sound Archives. The audio extracts require Real One Player. There is also a transcript of each clip, as well as the archive's reference number for the interview. All these interviews are available to listen to at the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive. There is a photograph from the Imperial War Museum's collection - usually of a group of soldiers or an image of the event being described. These photos are presented as thumbnails that can be enlarged.
The website 'La Guerra de Nuestros Abuelos' (The War of Our Grandparents) is a project by the secondary school teacher, Aurelio Mena Hornero, and his students on the oral history of the Spanish Civil War. The final result is a very interesting history of the period which mainly focuses on the everyday lives of those who lived through the conflict, as well as the periods before and after the military coup by Francisco Franco. The site may well be used as a complement to other general historical accounts. Oral information has been organised according to periods: monarchy: Second Republic; Civil War; and Post-war period. In addition to this, there are four appendices which feature: the in-depth story of a soldier; the list of informants; an evaluation of the project by Mena Herrero; and readers letters.
The Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) comprises material from the University's former Institute of Dialect and Folk Studies (including the Survey of English Dialects), and contains many resources for oral historians and linguists. The website gives access to various different resources, including a selection of digitised images, but principally to a detailed multi-level catalogue of the archive, which was the main outcome of the three-year project. Advanced search options are available, including searching by subject keyword, place, or personal name. Results return bibliographic details with brief but informative notes on content, and in some instances links to associated materials. The LAVC is held in the the Special Collections department of Leeds University Library, and was established as the result of a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Resource Enhancement grant (2002-05).
Making Sense of Oral History is, in effect, an interactive guide that explains how to use oral history interviews. Written by Linda Shopes, the site initially defines oral history and explains its various uses for historiography. The guide then breaks down the process of conducting and analysing an interview into a number of elements: who is talking?; who is the interviewer?; what are they talking about?; and what are the circumstances of the interview. Three recordings are included on the site for practice. Of considerable use is the model interview and analysis, the bibliography and links to other oral history sites.
The website Migration resources website at the University College Cork is the online presence of the Irish Centre for Migration Studies/Ionad na hlmirce, part of University College Cork. It introduces this interdisciplinary organisation whose focus is on researching the history of Irish migration and the Diaspora, and also the effects of contemporary migration into the country, with reference to economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. The website provides information about the teaching programme of the Centre, and the research being carried out in the areas of immigration, emigration, and asylum. The site also features ERIN (The Emigration Resources Information Network), and FAILTE (Focus on Asylum-seeker and Immigrant Lives Trends and Experiences), web pages that specifically reference resources related to historical migration and contemporary immigration respectively. Also published on the site are three oral history archives, and over twenty full-text articles on nineteenth and twentieth century population movement in Ireland. There is a bibliography of Irish Migration (originally prepared in March 1996). Under the section of publications an impressive list of online articles and essays by the members of the institute can be read in HTML or PDF formats.
Milkbar.com.au: Metadata Analysis Engine is an online hypertext documentary about the inner-city of Fitzroy, in Melbourne, Australia. Based on a Ph.D thesis by Adrian L. Miles which explores the effect of globalisation on Fitzroy, the site presents an oral history of Fitzroy in an attempt at understanding the changes to the community documented through interviews with individuals living there. The site includes twelve hours of unedited video, which may be retrieved using the Smafe Meta Analysis Film Engine, developed by the author and Kurt George Gjerde (MATs research program, InterMedia, University of Bergen). Film clips have been categorised by topics such as: ideology; economics; culture; and ethnicity. Each topic also has a short accompanying essay. The site requires a suitable streaming video plug-in such as Quicktime. Also included are a number of essays including: a description of how the experiment fits into humanties computing; how the hypertextual video is applied to the historical study of Fitzroy; and the gentrification of Fitzroy.
The website of the National Ex-Prisoner of War Association provides information on and for British prisoners of war, mostly from the Second World War and is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in military history. This is a large and detailed site, well laid out and with a variety of resources including photos and personal recollections. FAQ is an excellent starting point for users coming to the website, or new to the topic. The following sections are of most of use to researchers: Book Reviews, which covers both the First and Second World Wars and Quarterly Newsletters, which will help anyone trying to trace POWs, or interested in photos from the camps. Links provides a list of resources available worldwide, whilst Photo Galleries has some excellent images. POW Camp List provides an invaluable list of the camps in Germany, Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Ukraine, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Luxemburg, Belgium, Holland, Romania, Holland, Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia in the Second World War. The Association is a registered charity.
The Online Archive of California (OAC) is part of the California Digital Library project, and it provides online access to a wide range of primary source materials held in libraries, museums, and archives all over California. Featured on the site is a searchable database of finding aids, which provides a list of the primary source materials available within a collection, helping researchers to locate resources. The primary sources catalogued include: letters; diaries; manuscripts; legal and financial records; photographs; images; maps; sound recordings; and oral histories spanning over 200 years of Californian history. In addition to the keyword and advanced searching offered by the finding aids search facility, the material can also be browsed in the category of either image or text.
In Images researchers will find visual resources covering: pioneer life; the Gold Rushes; Native Americans; Japanese-American internment; World War Two; slavery; and exploration. In Texts, resources on the Free Speech Movement, Japanese American Relocation, and oral histories can be accessed. Not all of the resources listed are available as digitised facsimile images, but location and access details are provided for all.
The Oral History Online project has been developed by the Regional Oral History Office at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The project provides access to full-text oral histories which can be searched. The Oral History Online project currently provides access to five main collections. These are the Universities History Series which focuses on oral histories relating to the Free Speech Movement, the Suffragists Oral History Project, Disabilities rights and Independent Living Movement, The Earl Warren Oral History Project and Health Care, Science and Technology. The transcripts from the interviews have been marked up in SGML (Standard General Markup Language) using TEI (Text Encoding Initiative). Files are also available in PDF format for viewing. It is possible to carry out keyword searches or to browse the collections. The collections can either be searched individually or as a whole. The website also has links to three other oral histories which are not included in the searchable database.
The Oral History Society (OHS) has provided a well maintained and informative site for anyone interested in conducting oral histories. This site would be particularly useful for undergraduates and academics intending to carry out an oral history project. The OHS website provides practical advice about getting started on an oral history project, planning a project, recording equipment and methods of interviewing. OHS also provides training courses in conjunction with the British Library National Sound Archive, details of which can be found on the OHS website as well as information on past and upcoming conferences. Assistance and information from accredited members of the society can be sought from the OHS regional network which provides contact details for said members. A useful addition to the site is the inclusion of a list of oral history resources. This includes well-developed and useful oral history websites, a bibliography of oral history publications including books on theory and practice and periodicals. Also provided is a link to the list of the OHS Journals and articles, back issues of which can be ordered from subscriber services. Details on how to join the OHS are also found on the website. Important information on copyright and ethical considerations regarding oral histories is also provided as well as contact addresses for funding bodies. This is an excellent and informative site with all the basic information needed for anyone embarking on an oral history project. Highly recommended.
This website, for the Oral Tradition Journal, contains the twice-yearly published full-text inter-disciplinary journal relating to oral tradition and history, literary criticism and history, folklore, anthropology, linguistics and history. One of the journal's main aims is to promote the academic study of these related fields and, to that end, all of the publications from 1986 are available freely on the Web page (all are available to be downloaded in PDF format). It is, moreover, possible to search all the publications by keyword search or by author search or to browse through issue-by-issue. The journal covers a great many areas and aspects of research and study, from Basque Oral Poetry Championship to Australian Aboriginal Oral Traditions, and many more. New users of the site are recommended to read volume 18, issues 1 and 2 before moving onto the rest of the site as these 'provide a broad, state-of-the-art perspective on the multidisciplinary field of studies in oral tradition'.
'Play & Folklore' is a full-text ejournal, edited from the University of Melbourne and published by Museum Victoria in Australia. The journal seeks to publish... "articles, letters, memoirs and research studies that examine what children do when largely free of adult direction or control - their colloquial speech, songs, games, rhymes, riddles, jokes, insults and secret languages, their friendships and enmities, their beliefs and hopes." The journal aims to publish two issues per year, and to have a global reach. Example article titles fom the current issue 'The Joy of Playing Naturally'; 'With Respect: Adult Contexts for Children's Play’; 'Why Kids Don't Run Free'; and Let Kids Rule the Playground'. The journal was formerly published as the 'Australian Children's Folklore Newsletter' (1981-1996), and the website also offers full archives of the old journal, as page scans in PDF format. This will be a useful website for historians seeking to track the decline - and perhaps the demise - of 'free range' childhood and its associated cultures.
The website "Re-using Qualitative Research Data: a Personal Account" is the article published by Paul Thompson, the founding Director of Qualidata, and published in the online journal FQS: Forum Qualitative Social Research/Sozialforschung (Freie-Universität, Berlin). In this text, the author reflects on personal experiences of creating data and re-using both his own data and data collected by other researchers. He describes three experiences of reanalysing data. The first is the re-use of data the author collected himself, primarily the much-used dataset "Family Life and Work Experience before 1918", collected in the early 1970s. The second was Growing Up in Stepfamilies, in which the author tried to interweave potentially complementary strengths of life story interviews with data from a quantitative longitudinal cohort followed since 1958, the National Child Development Study. The third is the author's more recent project on transnational Jamaican families, encompassing parallel interviews carried out by Harry Goulbourne and Mary Chamberlain. The essay begins with a discussion of views on interview techniques, qualitative methods, and the re-use of data. There are plenty of useful references for the social scientist, anthropologist or oral historian in this work. One of the studies focuses on transnational Jamaican families, and their extended families. The essay elaborates on the nature of reusing data, and the issue of confidentiality for example. This is primarily a site of interest to those with a focus on issues around data use and reuse or twentieth century social history. The text can be read in HTML or PDF formats; a URN is given for the web page.
The major purpose of this website is to highlight the vast quantities of oral history data on the Second World War and to document their details. The collections detailed on the Web page come from servicemen and woman from various nations, evacuees, Holocaust survivors, and civilians affected by war on the Home Front. The website follows a simple design, and the collections can be browsed by either geographical area (for example, South East, Scotland, London, and the East Midlands) or by subject (for example, Bevin Boys, American Armed Forces, Dutch Resistance and so on). The website provides detailed information on the collections of many record and archive offices and will be invaluable to historians of the Second World War. The Web page aims to be continually updated as more resources are found, and catalogued, over time.
This website is published by PBS Online in collaboration with P.O.V. Interactive. It was devised to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and on it are recorded the stories and thoughts of American people who participated in the Vietnam War. On the site users can browse through the accounts on the stories page that give personal views on the conflict, combat, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and protesting. It is also possible to search these by keyword. Also available on the site is a well-written guide to conducting oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans, much of which could be applied to oral history interviewing in general.
Rising East: Journal of East London Studies is a full-text ejournal, published by Lawrence & Wishart for the University of East London. At June 2009 there are five free issues online, with articles freely available as either HTML or PDF files. Tables of contents are also available for earlier issues (before Vol.3, No.2). Titles of freely available articles include: 'East London is no longer secular: religion as a source of social capital in the regeneration of East London'; 'Take a fresh look: community photography'; 'Shooting East London: an interview with filmmaker Ron Peck'; 'Vital arts: art and change in healthcare'; and 'Music at Blackheath Halls: providing a platform', among others. The website has details of the Editorial Board and a section giving guidelines for contributors.
Edinburgh University's School of Scottish Studies Pearl Server hosts an archive of sound recordings and a gallery of photographs of Scotland. It is the sound recordings that are of particular note. These have been gathered together in the Tocher (or Tochradh) collection, and are indexed on the website by volume and by type of recording. Recordings include traditional Scottish songs and stories, as well as accounts of childhood in Scotland, popular beliefs and superstitions, and some non-fiction tales. There are well over 100 of these sound files that may be accessed free of charge from the website. The small gallery of photographs consists of six atmospheric black and white pictures of traditional Scottish life taken during the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, by the German photographer Werner Kissling. Finally, the site also contains sample recordings from a number of albums of Scottish folk music published by Greentrax Recordings. The outstanding Tocher audio archive makes this site an excellent resource for those studying Scottish history and tradition. The RealPlayer plug-in is required in order to listen to the recordings.
This is the website of the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde. This research centre was established to support the use of oral history within the academic community and in cognate areas such as archives and museums in Scotland. The Centre also provides training in the use of oral techniques for historians, and in the design of research questionnaires. It is open to postgraduate researchers at the University but also to a wider public through workshops and training events. At the time of review the site was under construction. The site announces forthcoming events, such as training seminars and conferences. Current research projects and publications of the centre are introduced only briefly. Staff and research fellows profiles give a better idea about the interests and scope of the centre.
The Second World War Experience Centre is a growing archive of personal experiences and accounts of the Second World War. The centre was established in order to preserve and collect material relating to individual participation in the World War II. The archive includes the experiences of both armed personnel and civilians, including factory and farm workers, industry, government, concientious objectors, POWs and non-British individuals. The archive consists of audio recordings, photos, maps, books, diaries, letters, official papers and three dimensional objects. The material is divided into two categories, documents and personal experience. Each donation has a full inventory, a biography of the individual and an account of their war experience. You can listen to audio interviews and some documents have been scanned into the computer so that they can be seen online. In addition, the centre produces a monthly journal and there are links to related websites.
This is the website for ‘Sounding Performance’ a series of AHRC-funded research workshops, exploring the methodologies of oral history in relation to performance and live art since the 1960s. The workshops, which took place in 2007, brought together academics, archivists and practitioners “to develop methods and approaches that will establish a major oral history project in the field”. The website includes summaries of each workshop, biographical information about the project team and a list of workshop participants.
Soviet Jewish culture is a wonderful resource based on an oral history project led by historians Zvi Gitelman and Anna Shternshis. The project interviewed over 500 Jews born in Russia, Ukraine or Belorussia before 1928 about their daily lives in the Soviet Union. From the main menu the user may link to ten of these interviewees or to a section called 'in their own words', which makes available PDF texts in Russian by the author Shmuel Shapiro. The ten edited interview transcripts in which interviewees discuss their pre-war lives may be downloaded as PDFs, with detailed explanatory footnotes, accompanying photos, maps or videos illustrating songs or places mentioned by the interviewee. Other sections include: a description of the project; a PDF glossary of names and terms; a substantial bibliography; useful links. This attractive and easy to navigate site will be of most use to teachers and students of Soviet Jewish culture and identity, but also of interest to researchers and teachers of Soviet history.
"Spanish Civil War : Dreams + Nightmares" is an online presentation from an oral history project from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, which interviewed people that participated in Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. Many foreigners saw the war as part of the general struggle against Fascism and travelled to Spain to join the Republican Army. Some also volunteered to fight with General Franco's Nationalist Army. The majority of British Volunteers served with the International Brigade. The project began in response to the celebration by the International Brigade Association of its 40th Anniversary Reunion in 1976. This presentation accompanied an Imperial War Museum exhibition (2001-2002) 'Spanish Civil War - Dreams and Nightmares'. Here a brief history of the conflict is provided, a more detailed account of the causes can be downloaded as PDF. The main resource are 6 extracts from the Sound Archive's interviews. Each audio clip requires Real One Player. There is also a transcript of each clip, as well as the archive's reference number for the interview. All these interviews are available to listen to at the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive. There is a photograph from the Imperial War Museum's collection - usually of a group of soldiers or an image of the event being described. These photos are presented as thumbnails that can be enlarged.
The Suffragists Oral history project has been developed by the Regional Oral History Office at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley and is part of the Oral History Online project. The material for the project was collected in the early 1970s when interviews were carried out with twelve leaders and participants in the woman's suffrage movement. The transcripts of seven of these interviews have now been marked up in SGML (Standard General Markup Language) using TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) and are available from the site. The interviews included on the site include those with Alice Paul (leader of the National Woman's Party), Burnita Shelton Matthews (District of Columbia federal judge) and Jeannette Rankin (Montana suffrage campaigner and the first woman elected to Congress). It is possible to carry out keyword searches or to browse the full-text of the interviews. The text of each interview can be searched individually or all the interviews can be searched together.
This is the website for Tameside Local Studies Library, forming part of the public library service provided by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Material relating to the history of Tameside's nine towns (Ashton-under-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Longdendale, Mottram, Broadbottom, Hollingworth, Mossley, and Stalybridge) is centralised at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Unit.As this is part of the website for the Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, it contains links to further administrative information that leads you away from the core of local studies information presented here. This can be confusing, but most linked pages cross-reference back to the Tameside Local Studies Library, where the user is presented with a wealth of information that assists the researcher to find resources relating to: family history; military history (including the Manchester Regiment, and the Boer War); house history; exhibitions and slide packs for loan; local history publications for sale; publishing your research; black and Asian history; sound and oral history; and libraries and heritage. The information includes: library service information; general research guidelines for local, family, house and military history; Internet links; and local collection holdings of census records, parish registers, the International Genealogical Index, local newspapers, historical maps, photographs, and archives. There is also a Tameside bibliography, compiled 1992-1997 by the staff of Tameside Local Studies Library. This is presented as a PDF file. In 2000, the librarian responsible for developing the local studies and archive collection at Tameside was presented with the Dorothy McCulla Memorial award for Local Studies Librarianship 2000 by the Library Association Local Studies Group.
'Tatau/Tattoo: Embodied Art and Cultural Exchange, c. 1760-2000' is the website of a major three-year research project into the history of body arts as an aspect of the flow of Oceanic-European cultural exchange. The project is supported by the Getty Grant Program and the Arts and Humanities Research Board. Tatau/Tattoo is multidisciplinary and involves researches in "art history, history, and anthropology ... and contemporary documentary photography". The website contains a project outline, the programme and abstracts for a 2003 conference on the topic, plus short research biographies of the participants, and details of videos and exhibitions.
This website has details of a major oral history survey of the 'treatments' used for homosexuality during the second half of the 20th century in the British Isles, and aims to place some of its narratives online in the future. The research project was funded by the Wellcome Trust from 2001 to 2004. Further research is said to be ongoing, a survey of 300 therapists in the UK is being undertaken at April 2009, and researchers are making a worldwide call for information on 'treatments' still being practiced outside the UK. At April 2009 this website is currently very sparse in terms of content, but does contain several interviews with professionals, details of the projects and researchers, and external Web links. This will be a useful contact point for those interested in making contact with active researchers in the post-war history of the medicalisation of homosexuality.
This is the website of the University of Aberdeen Oral History Archive. The archive is made up of over 160 separate interviews, recorded since 1985, on the subject of the University itself. The interviews have been conducted with past students, members of staff, and eminent individuals concerned with the University. The site acts as a catalogue of the interviews, for which the researcher needs advance permission in order to gain access. Some sample interviews may be downloaded from the website itself. These require RealPlayer or some other such plug-in for playback. All aspects of life at the University are covered, from reminiscences on student digs to University government at the highest level.
In 1946, Dr. David Boder travelled from the United States to post-Second World War Europe in order to conduct interviews with survivors of the Holocaust. Today, the resulting 100 plus audio recordings are a unique account of the twentieth century's most horrific period, not only for its historical and social importance, but because many of these records were made just shortly after the liberation with refugees in displaced persons camps scattered around Europe. Approximately two thirds of the interviews were transcribed and then translated into English and later published. The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has collected Boder's work from 1946 along with many of the interview documents, recordings and translations, and made them freely available online through the "Voices of the Holocaust". All the English transcriptions can be read on line and the recordings may be heard via a Real Audio player. The site already includes a collection of links to other related holocaust sites and IIT has plans to include additional maps and other papers from Boder's archives.
Voices of the Holocaust is an online resource published by the British Library as part of their"Learning" pages. The site is centred around recordings of Holocaust survivors memories, made as part of the British Library's Sound Archives Oral History Programme. Designed for use by school-age students, it is a well-conceived project and valuable for students at many different levels of education. The recordings cover the Jewish experience in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, dealing with deportations, the ghettos, resistance, concentration camps, death marches, and liberation. These are accompanied by background material in the form of maps, transcripts of the audio files, a timeline, and a glossary. Student activities and teachers notes are present on the site, too.
Voices Online is part of the Museum of London's 'London's Voices' project, an exhibition designed to collate oral history of the city in the twentieth century. Voices Online looks in particular at the experiences of immigrants and people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds in London. The site can be navigated by looking at one of the four highlighted topics, which use extracts from interviews to show different experiences. The topics are the World, The City, Community, and Family, and the full interviews with people are also available, as an audio file, or in the form of a transcript. The people interviewed range from born-and-bred Londoners to immigrants from the Caribbean, Europe, South America, Australasia and Asia, and each interview covers lives of interviewees from childhood onward, often providing historical information about other countries as well as Britain.
The website "Women in Irish Society Project" introduces this research project (WISP) is funded by the higher education Authority and based at the National University of Ireland, Cork. WISP is the result of collaboration between three separate departments, and is focused on highlighting how women's lives have changed during the twentieth century. WISP is made up of three strands, the Irish Women's Movement Project, the Oral History Project, and the Munster Women Writers Project. There is information about each of the projects on the site, explaining their aims, background and achievements. Also listed are any events, publications, and resources connected to the project. On the Oral History Project pages users can access extracts from the archive. The link to the Irish Women's Movement Project was broken at the time of review, which just one of the downsides of the site not being updated since 2003.
"Women Talk" is an online exhibition published by the Museum of London as part of its London Voices oral history project. The exhibition features interviews with women about life in twentieth century Britain, from 1918 to 2004. The interviews are divided into four time periods, the interwar years - 1918-1939, the Second World War - 1939-1945, 1945-1970 and 1970-2004. Each one can be listened to as an audio file using either Windows Media Player or QuickTime. There is also a transcript of each interview, along with a brief biography and photograph of the speaker or the speaker's subject. The site has not been updated recently and is now located in the archive section of the Museum of London site.
The website "You Cannot Forget VE Day" is an online oral history archive published by the Museum of London, as part of its London's Voices project. This collection of oral testimonies is centred on the end of the Second World War in May 1945. The interviews are arranged by topic, which include the public celebrations in London, the street parties that took place, the continuing war in Japan, the use of light in the celebrations, and the changes brought to society by the war. All of the interviews can be listened to with the Windows Media Player or QuickTime, and transcriptions of them are also available on the site. This page is now part of the Museum of London archive site, and has been last updated in 2003.