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Oklahoma Oral History Research Program 2007-2017
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Oklahoma Oral History Research Program 2007-2017: A Decade of Stories
Sponsor: University and College Division

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: Salon N

Session Description:
The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) at the Oklahoma State University Library was formally established in 2007 with the charge of recording the history of Oklahoma and OSU. Since its founding, the OOHRP has recorded over 1,200 oral histories spanning a variety of topics featuring Oklahoma history and culture. This session will highlight some of the unique voices from the collection and also provide insight into how we determine who should be interviewed along with factors to consider when embarking on a new oral history project. A discussion of issues related to oral history and libraries will also be covered, including accessibility, archiving, and promoting collections. Attendees will also gain practical knowledge on starting an oral history project in your own community.

Tanya FinchumTanya Finchum joined the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Library faculty in 1999 and since 2006 has been actively engaged in the library’s oral history efforts. The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program was formally established ten years ago in 2007 and Tanya assisted with that endeavor. Over the years she has worked on several oral history projects on topics such centenarians, the Oklahoma Mesonet, retired Cooperative Extension agents, Oklahoma’s African American heritage, the circus community of Hugo, Oklahoma, and OSU’s journey to being awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Tanya holds master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati and The University of Tennessee along with a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

Juliana NykolaiszynJuliana Nykolaiszyn is a faculty member with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the Oklahoma State University Library. From interviewing narrators to processing oral history collections, Juliana’s work involves not only the creation but preservation and online access of oral histories.

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