The OMA and OSQA in the SCARC exhibit “Catching Stories: The Oral History Tradition at OSU”

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i-pad app featuring OMA and OSQA oral history interviews

This year the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center curated a new exhibit featuring its oral history program – and the hundreds of interviews within its collections – and the OMA and OSQA were highlighted!

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Horner Collection and OSU 150

Cultural Communities, Natural Resources, and History of Science

Cultural Communities, Natural Resources, and History of Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit Information:

Title: “Catching Stories: The Oral History Tradition at Oregon State University ”
Dates: November 2016 – March 2017
Location: Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center exhibit foyer
Curators: Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Chris Petersen, and Natalia Fernandez, OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center

SCARC OH Program

SCARC OH Program

For more information about SCARC Oral History Program, check out the website below:

SCARC Oral History Program

Exhibit Special Features – Listening Stations with Clips of Interviewees’ Stories

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i-pad listening station

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TV listening station

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Listening Stations!

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 OMA and OSQA

The Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) and OSU Queer Archives (OSQA) pro-actively reach out to African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American communities, as well as LGBTQ+ people within OSU and Corvallis, to add their voices to the archives. In addition, both the OMA and OSQA collaborate with local community members and OSU students on projects to train them to conduct interviews and become active participants in creating a more diverse and inclusive historical record.

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The “Cultural Communities” aka OMA and OSQA section of the exhibit

Oral history collections within the OMA include the stories of Japanese Americans living in Lane County (OH 15); African American railroad porters who were employed in Oregon during the 1940s and 1950s (OH 29); staff members of the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center in Portland (OH 30); members of the Latino/a community in central Oregon, Yamhill County, and the town of Canby (OH 32); staff of the Milagro theatre in Portland (OH 31); and interviews with members of the Coquille and Siletz tribes (OH 12). Another OMA collection is the OSU Cultural Centers Oral History Collection (OH 21) that documents the work-related as well as personal experience of staff members from various cultural centers.

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The general OMA oral history collection (OH 18) interviews include, but are not limited to: an interview with a family who lived at Colegio César Chávez during the late 1970s/early 1980s; individual interviews with Rev. Alcena Boozer and Carl Deiz, two long time African American Portland residents; a three-part interview with Dr. Jean Moule, OSU College of Education Emeritus Professor; a student panel featuring the stories of first generation college students; and interviews with some of OSU’s first black men’s basketball and football team players. The OSQA oral history collection (OH 34), created in 2015, includes the voices of staff of OSU’s Pride Center and the organization SOL, as well as a set of interviews featuring LGBTQ+ 1990s and 2000s Benton County area activists and community members.

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Glitter in the Archives!

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Today, OSQA hosted its first ever crafting event as part of OSU’s Queer History Month celebrations. We supplied attendees with copies of archival materials, including images from the Pride Center records, old event flyers, After 8 materials, and of course, glitter! One of the main goals of this event was to use archival materials as a way to imagine queer futures, particularly as they pertain to OSU and the surrounding community. Some absolutely fabulous art was created, and many of the artists generously donated their pieces to OSQA.

A flickr set of Glitter in the Archives!

Event Photos! (Check out the flickr set for more images)

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Amazing art created by attendees and donated to the archive.

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Tables full of fun craft supplies!

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Attendees unleashing their creativity.

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Taste of the ‘Chives 2016: Obo Addy’s Hot and Spicy Cookbook

Taste of the 'Chives 2016Today was SCARC’s annual Taste of the ‘Chives! This year we used the Hot and Spicy Cookbook from the Obo Addy Legacy Project (OALP) archival collection – and the dishes were delicious. We also used the event as an opportunity to launch the Obo Addy Legacy Project i-book, co-authored by the OALP, the OMA, and Mike Jager, i-book creator extraordinaire. The i-book is available via the i-tunes store and is free to download. See below for event photos and lots of links to check out!

A flickr set of Taste of the ‘Chives 2016

More blog posts about the OALP

“Archives and the Arts: Showcasing the Histories of Communities of Color” ~ an article about the i-book project

Event Photos! (be sure to view the flickr set for more)

Taste of the 'Chives 2016

Taste of the ‘Chives 2016

Recipes from the Hot and Spicy Cookbook

Recipes from the Hot and Spicy Cookbook

Susan Addy with the OALP i-book

Susan Addy with the OALP i-book

Mike Jager, i-book co-author, showing attendees how to use the i-book

Mike Jager, i-book co-author, showing attendees how to use the i-book

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Hear the Stories: Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection

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The OMA just hosted the first of SCARC’s 2016 Archives Month events and we have it recorded for you to view online! “Hear the Stories: Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection” featured the oral historian, filmmaker, and educator, Michael “Chappie” Grice sharing the stories of Oregon’s African American railroad porters, including his personal experiences.

All of the oral histories are available online:

Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection Project Website

The event was recorded and is also available online:

“Hear the Stories” ~ A presentation by Michael Grice

And, below are photos from the event:

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Michael Grice showing a photo of various railroad porters

Collection materials for event attendees to peruse

Collection materials for event attendees to peruse

Mr. Grice with Hope Glenn, the interviewer transcriber

Mr. Grice with Hope Glenn, the interviewer transcriber

An event attendee listening to one of the oral histories

An event attendee listening to one of the oral histories

Mr. Grice answering an attendee's question

Mr. Grice answering an attendee’s question

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The Urban League of Portland’s 2016 Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner

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ULPDX EODD 2016

Another amazing Urban League of Portland Equal Opportunity Day Dinner! Each year the ULPDX and community members come together to celebrate the organization’s work to help to empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. The event began with a performance by Okropong of the Obo Addy Legacy Project, continued on with great speeches, and concluded with the ceremony for this year’s award winner Maxine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives. And, as we do each year, the OMA brought a sample of materials from the ULPDX collection for attendees to view.

Check out the images below!

Remarks by ULPDX President and CEO Nkenge Harmon Johnson

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The OMA Display of the Urban League of Portland’s archival collection

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The Urban League of Portland Archival Collection

Okropong of the Obo Addy Legacy Project Performance

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The OMA and OSQA’s Oregon Archives Month Events!

Oregon Archives Month 2016 Events

Oregon Archives Month 2016 Events

It just so happens that all three Oregon Archives Month events are OMA or OSQA related – and all of them are free and open to the public!

Check out the details below:

Hear the Stories: Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection
A presentation by Michael Grice, oral historian, filmmaker, and educator, sharing the stories of Oregon’s African American railroad porters.
Location: 5th Floor SCARC Reading Room in the Valley Library
Date: Wednesday, Oct 12th
Time: 3-5pm

Recipe Showcase “Taste of the ‘Chives”
Celebrate the legacy of Obo Addy at the launch of the new i-Book on the Obo Addy Legacy Project with a showcase of prepared selections from the organization’s Hot and Spicy Cookbook.
Location: Willamette Rooms, 3rd Floor of the Valley Library
Date: Friday, October 21st
Time: noon-1:30pm

Glitter in the Archives! Using History to Imagine Queer and Trans Futures
An opportunity for community members to participate in an evening of crafting using archival materials and, of course, learn about OSQA (OSU Queer Archives) and OSU + Corvallis area queer history.
Location: 5th Floor SCARC Reading Room in the Valley Library
Date: Wednesday, October 26th
Time: 4-6pm
This event is also a part of the OSU Pride Center’s Queer History Month

We hope you can attend some or all three events!

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Sabor Latino ~ a Yamhill County Celebration!

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On September 24th, in celebration of Latino/a Heritage Month 2016, Yamhill County hosted “Sabor Latino” at the Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Valley Campus – and the OMA project Nuestras Voces y Herencia was there to share the stories gathered so far!

“Sabor Latino” was a collaborative event presented by the Latino Advocacy Coalition of Yamhill County. The Latino Advocacy Coalition (LAC) gathers each month to work toward a vision of inclusive, diverse, and equitable communities in Yamhill County.

The event included music, dance, zumba, and food! Nuestras Voces y Herencia had a space to share information about the project and featured about 30 minutes of clips from a variety of oral history interviews. We shared the room with an exhibit of photographs of the Woodburn area Latino/a community. Check out all the pics below:

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The Voces Project at Sabor Latino

The Voces Project at Sabor Latino

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Voces Project Information

Voces Project Coordinator Rita M-S speaking with a community member

Voces Project Coordinator Rita Martínez-Salas speaking with a community member

Exhibit of photographs of the Woodburn area Latino/a community

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“Sabor Latino” Activities ~ Games and dance, including the Mexica Tiahui Aztec Dance Group and the Ballet Folklorico Tlanese

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And, be sure to check out our other blog posts about Nuestras Voces y Herencia!

September 25, 2015 and July 18, 2016 Events

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OSQA at the 2016 Pride Center Connect Event

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PC Connect 2016

It’s the beginning of a new academic year and the beginning of OSQA’s 3rd year! We were thrilled to be invited by the OSU Pride Center to participate as part of its PC Connect event. OSQA shared a table with the Queer Studies Program and spoke with over 50 attendees! Our table included OSQA flyers, printed blog posts of our many events and collections, and i-Pads featuring the collections’ digital content. Check out the pics below!

OSQA Table at the PC Connect Event

OSQA Table at the PC Connect Event

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PC Connect Event

PC Connect Event

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The OMA in NAME’s Multicultural Perspectives

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The OMA has been published in Multicultural Perspectives, the official journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)!

The article is about the OMA’s collaborations with two OSU courses: TCE 408H “Sundown Towns in Oregon” 2012-2013 and ALS 199 “Untold Stories: People of Color in Oregon” 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Collaborations Between Multicultural Educators and Archivists: Engaging Students with Multicultural History Through Archival Research Projects

When multicultural educators and archivists collaborate to design projects that engage students with multicultural history through archival research, students can learn in-depth research skills with primary source documents, creatively share their knowledge, and, on a broader level, engage with their local community history. The projects shared in this article serve as examples of how partnerships between multicultural educators and archivists can occur, the types of projects that can be developed and how they are implemented, and students’ responses to their work. The three student projects, including a display, a history guidebook, and an oral history project, are intended to offer a variety of ideas to inspire multicultural educators to reach out to their local archivists to develop archival research projects of their own. And, to promote effective and fruitful partnerships, also included are lessons learned as well as tips for successful collaborations between multicultural educators and archivists.

Link to the article: Collaborations Between Multicultural Educators and Archivists: Engaging Students with Multicultural History Through Archival Research Projects

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The OMA at the NDLC Pre-Conference

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NDLC 2016

On August 10, 2016, the OMA attended the National Diversity in Libraries Conference Pre-Conference Forum on Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at the Charles E Young Research Library on the UCLA campus.

“Under the theme of “Bridges to Inclusion,” NDLC ’16 endeavors to highlight issues related to diversity and inclusion that affect staff, users, and institutions in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields. It also aims to articulate the value of and develop strategies for diversity and inclusion in LAMs in order to improve organizational excellence and community engagement.” ~ NDLC 2016 website

The pre-conference was packed with presentations on a variety of topics:

  • Accessibility brings diversity: from the Americans with Disabilities Act to Access for All Stephanie Rosen, Accessibility Specialist and Associate Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Customer Service: Etiquette and Effective Communication  Stephanie Rosen, Accessibility Specialist and Associate Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Web Design: Principle of Accessibility, Overview of Tools Colin Fulton, Front-end architect and accessibility specialist, University of Michigan
  • Procurement: Procedures for Buying Accessible; Policy, VPAT, Documentation Cheryl Pruitt, Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative, California University System
  • Exhibit Design: Collections without Barriers  Kara West, Library Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager, City of San Diego, San Diego Public Library

The pre-conference also featured a panel on accessibility success stories as well as a keynote address by Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind. The day concluded with a special town hall “Caught in the Crossfire: A Conversation on Libraries and Communities in Distress” #LISinCrisis in which topics such the role of libraries in times of crises; the need to integrate critical approaches into LIS education and programming; the need for strong community partnerships; strategies for self-care; legal considerations regarding protest and free speech; and how LIS education may play a role in preparing future LIS professionals were discussed.

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