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Latino Americans

Local and Oral History Resources

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

The online version of "Folklife and Fieldwork: An Introduction to Field Techniques" is an important resource for those interested in planning local history programs that will document and preserve the unique personal stories of Latino Americans in our diverse communities. Applicants may also wish to consult the list of additional online resources for local and oral history programming compiled by the American Folklife Center.

Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project (LDAP)

The Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project, newly founded in 2014, is a growing archive of 100+ oral histories dedicated to creating space for Latina/os to share their historical experiences related to identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education, and civil rights. The site includes tutorials for beginning a new project, deeds of gift examples, and other tools for implementing oral history projects.

Oral History Association

The Oral History Association, established in 1966, seeks to bring together all persons interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting human memories to foster knowledge and human dignity. OHA encourages standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, dissemination and uses of oral testimony. To guide and advise those concerned with oral documentation, the OHA has established guiding Principles and Practices, a set of goals, guidelines, and evaluation standards for oral history interviews.

Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)

Created by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) inexpensively and efficiently enhances access to oral history online. It is a free, open source, web-based application designed to improve the user experience you provide for oral history, no matter what CMS or repository you use. OHMS provides users word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Stories can be told through personal narratives, correspondence, and visual materials. More information about the collection and how to particpate (http://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html) is available on the project website.

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