Continuing to Listen

I have been the Digitizer/Curator for the South Dakota Oral History Center since November of 2011 and in that time have increased my knowledge about the future of digital preservation and irreversibly increased my appreciation for the documentation of history.

While Digitizer I have digitized over 2,000 recordings equaling around 3,500 files, each file an average of one hour long, and as Curator I have been connecting with regional organizations and you, the general public, to increase knowledge about this important institution. 

With the end of grant funding approaching I am unfortunately unable to stay with the Oral History Center, but I am not losing my ability to document and preserve the history of the Northern Plains. Starting June 3, 2013, I will be working at the South Dakota State Historical Society Press as their new Marketing Director. I hope to continue to increase knowledge about the history of the Northern Plains taking with me what I learned at the Oral History Center and making our histories known nation-wide and internationally. 

I will always cherish my time at the SDOHC and look forward to continuing to listen to and document the voices of the Northern Plains.

Jennifer McIntyre

CLASS TONIGHT! Learn how to professionally conduct oral history interviews for research or family genealogy!

Tonight on the Campus of the University of South Dakota in the Muenster University Center [MUC] Room 212 at 5:15 join us as we discuss how to best conduct oral history interviews!

Click HERE for the SDOHC Participants Information Packet!

Click HERE for the SDOHC Participants Information Packet Appendices!

SEE YOU IN CLASS!

** For more information email sdohc@usd.edu or call 605-677-6386

HOW TO CONDUCT AN ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW

Join the South Dakota Oral History Center on the University of South Dakota’s campus for the class “How to Conduct an Oral History Interview!”

The class will cover basic oral history interviewing techniques, giving you the tools to record family history, important community events, effects of social movements, and, in general, conduct research that you can use in school or for a publication.

The class will be held at the Muenster University Center [MUC] in room 212 on April 29th 2013 from 5:15PM to 7:00PM.

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We have 26 photos of the mysterious individual known to only as “The Creepy Santa Claus.” We don’t know who he is. We don’t know where he’s from. All we know is that the children in these pictures look suspicious, confused, and somewhat terrified.

If you recognize these photographs, please contact us with more information.

Oral history gives voice to stories…

Oral history gives voice to stories not often told in the tomes of great war, heiresses, and industrial giants. Instead, oral history, allows us all to deliver a story of our personal experiences, triumphs, defeats, and events that changed out lives. Oral history is the record of the people and therefore is a medium that can be utilized by all of us.

The South Dakota Oral History Center is devoted to the voices of the Nothern Plains, if you have a story to donate or need information about how to conduct an interview, please email sdohc@usd.edu.

Also, attend out class on April 10th on the campus of the University of South Dakota!

Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Library

The Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Library holds an array of printed sources for researchers pertaining to Northern Plains’ peoples and history and Native American experiences and culture. Included in its collection are books donated by Herman P. Chilson, who also donated to the USD Archives and Special Collections, and Charles E. “Chuck” Trimble, a former director of the Institute of American Indian Studies who formally dedicated his personal library to the Cash Library at the October 2010 Joseph H. Cash Lecture. It is through these donations that the Cash Memorial Library has grown into the wonderful resource it is today. The Library is currently being cataloged into the University Libraries Catalog. To see what we’ve cataloged so far go to http://www.usd.edu/library/. Remember to select the Oral History Center from your choices of collections. 

The Cash Memorial Library is open to in-house researchers, as the Oral History Center is not connected to the library system. While you cannot check out books from the Cash Library, the Center is open to researchers Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM. It is recommended that you contact Oral History Center Staff by calling 605-677-6386 or emailing sdohc@usd.edu prior to stopping by to ensure that the Center has the resources you are looking for.

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