Center for Oral History

Celebrating Community Knowledge for Social Change

The Center for Oral History (COH), in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, collects, documents, preserves and highlights the recollections of Native Hawaiians and the multi-ethnic people of Hawaiʻi. It produces oral histories and interpretive historical materials about lifeways, key historic events, social movements and Hawaiʻi’s role in the globalizing world, for the widest possible use.

COH was first established in 1976 by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature as a part of the Social Science Research Institute in the College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa. COH also develops books, articles, podcasts, and videos based on oral histories, serves as a resource center for oral history materials, and trains groups and individuals in oral history research

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of sharing history. This video explores the methodical preservation of stories, oral history, spanning from its conception in 1929 to today.

What is Oral History?

An analysis of the history of oral history as a methodological practice, spanning from its conception in 1929 to today. Visit the Oklahoma Oral Histo...

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Great piece in @LibraryJournal detailing the origins and process of our Obama Presidency Oral History project!

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“Columbia To Produce Obama Presidential Oral History https://t.co/NYF36RYWHk”

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A throwback of sorts this Tuesday to this wonderful post on the OHR blog by OHMA alum Sarah Loose about oral history and social justice! Written 3 years ago, but still as valuable and valid today - give it a read at:

Oral history and social justice

View Post on OUP Blog  By Sarah K Loose The #OHMATakeover of the OHR blog continues as Sara Loose explains her origins in oral history and how the sk...

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Students interviewed 29 #Veterans representing all military branches. The #oralhistory interviews are now available online. @UofSClibraries @UofSCaroliniana @HistColumbia @UofSCstudents

South Carolina Veterans Oral History Project

About the Project This collection highlights the lives and experiences of American veterans who now

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Oral histories give Ss the tools to learn, record, & create. Our Oral History Toolkit includes resources related to the “Maryland Veterans: A Journey through Vietnam” program. RT @MDhumanities #humanities #sschat #ushistory #NEHeducator #War & #Peace https://t.co/QyDpQdR5PX

Our latest podcast on the history of small business in Hawaiʻi -- from plantation era stores to the success of ABC -- is now ready for viewing! via @YouTube

Check out our latest podcast on Waipi'o Valley and the legacy of its taro growers: via @YouTube

Mahalo to @JCCHawaii for hosting our Talk Story "Hawaiʻs's Shopkeepers: From the Plantation to ABC," and a special thanks to our panelists, Lurline McGregor, Paul Kosasa (@abcstoreshawaii), and Noela Napoleon of the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (@YMCAHonolulu)!

Proud to announce a new Groundswell blog post - an interview by Maggie Von Vogt with @bendangl about "The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia." Check it out: https://t.co/vvtBYbAUR3. #OralHistory #LatinAmerica #Bolivia

Digital technologies are creating access points to archived oral histories that were once unimaginable. In his workshop @douglasaboyd focused on the impact of innovative technologies on the #oralhistory practice. Check out this week's #ThrowbackThursday:

'To see these oral histories start off in a cardboard box and now find them searchable on the British Library catalogue brought a great sense of accomplishment for the entire team.'

A wonderful blog from Crystal Guevara @InfoStudiesAber. Thank you for helping #SaveOurSounds

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“Thanks to Crystal Guevara @InfoStudiesAber for writing about her experience @NLWales working with the #UnlockingOurSoundHeritage project @BLSou...

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🗣️ @UHMCOH will be collecting oral histories of President @BarackObama's early contacts in #Hawaii, where he was born, spent most of his childhood and graduated from high school.

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“The @ObamaFoundation has selected Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project. With partners @UChicago and @UHManoa, the project...

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The @ObamaFoundation has selected Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project. With partners @UChicago and @UHManoa, the project will include interviews with 400 people who experienced this presidency inside and outside the White House. https://t.co/D0c1trFSIp

Columbia has been selected by the @obamafoundation to produce the official oral history of @BarackObama’s presidency. This project will provide a comprehensive, enduring record of the decisions, actions, and effects of his historic presidency. 1/4

The @ObamaFoundation selects @Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project with partners #UChicago and @UHManoa. The project will include interviews with 400 people from inside and outside the White House.

Columbia University on Twitter

“The @ObamaFoundation has selected Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project. With partners @UChicago and @UHManoa, the project...

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