The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive of California State University, Long Beach now has available online some 650 hours of original oral history recordings in women’s history, labor history, and Long Beach area.
The oral histories narratives mainly document life in the first half of the 20th century, though the 140 hours just uploaded include some interviews with jazz musicians, 1950s-1990s. The narrators range from suffragists, anarchists and communists to garment workers and oil workers, and include African American men and women, Issei and Nisei, Latinos/Latinas, and Eastern European immigrant women.
The site design affords the user several ways of locating material: by browsing the collections, series and tapes, or searching for interview segments that match a search criterion specified by the user. Full bibliographic citations are provided for each segment.
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