OSU Oral History Presentation
Oregon State University Libraries, Library Faculty Association invites YOU to attend Friday’s (6/9) Seminar Series presentation at 10:00am – Boswellizing OSU: On the Attempt to Create an Oral History of a Large Place, with Chris Peterson, Senior Faculty Research Assistant in Special Collections and University Archives Research Center at OSULP
Where: The seminar will take place from 10:00-11:30am in the Willamette Seminar Rooms (Valley 3622) on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Beth.Filar-Williams@oregonstate.edu or Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu with any questions. Library visitor info (including campus map and parking info can be found online: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/visit
Virtual: We are webcasting the presentation, so if you are not able to be physically present, please Join Using WebEx remotely.
Abstract: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/119682/ The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project is the largest oral history initiative ever undertaken at OSU. Spanning more than four years, the project has captured the stories of over 100 OSU alumni from every decade since the 1930s; more than 100 faculty members representing each of OSU’s eleven colleges; some twenty OSU staff members; and another dozen current students. Project staff have collected more than 330 hours of interview content, and the dedicated web portal created to present “OH 150” contains more than 3.1 million words of transcription.
This presentation will tell the story of why the project came into being and how it evolved over time. In addition to a detailed discussion of who was interviewed and the major themes that arose as a result, the presentation will touch upon the tools that project staff used to create the collection’s unique web portal, which features access to video and audio files, contextual information, transcripts presented in two different formats, and the ability to sort interviews based on affiliation or topic.
The talk will also feature two films compiled from the collection: one serving as a demonstration for how the project might be used for research purposes, and the other highlighting several funny, poignant or especially insightful moments that emerged as a result of the interviewing process.
About the Presenter: Chris Petersen has worked for the OSU Libraries since 1996, and has been a member of the library faculty since 1999. For more than six years he has been actively engaged with the practice of oral history and, in that time, he has conducted over 250 hours of interviews with scientists, diplomats, and a great diversity of people associated with Oregon State University. Since 2013 he has served as project director and lead oral historian for the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project. He is also the editor and publisher of the Pauling Blog, which has been releasing original research on the life and work of Linus Pauling nearly every week since its founding in March 2008.
Uta & Beth
2016-2017 LFA Seminar Series Coordinators