Preservation and Access: Preservation/Access Projects

Period of Performance

5/1/2003 - 10/31/2005

Funding Totals

$161,045.00 (approved)
$161,045.00 (awarded)

Creating Web Access to Oral History Interviews

FAIN: PA-50028-03

California State University, Long Beach Foundation (Long Beach, CA 90840-0004)
Sherna Berger Gluck (Project Director: July 2002 to May 2006)

The mounting on the World Wide Web of 575 hours of digitized audio pertaining to women's history, labor history, Southeast Asian American history, and Mexican American/Chicano history. The interviews will be summarized and indexed by assigned subject terms, which will be fully searchable.

Media Coverage

(Media Coverage)
Date: 6/10/2003
Abstract: Feature story on VOAHA in Long Beach Press Telegram. VOAHA was also featured in The Beach Review, the CSULB magazine that goes to over 150,000 alumni, a large proportion of whom are K-12 teachers.

Tono, ritmo, interpretación... y hasta poesía (Review)
Author(s): Sherna Berger Gluck
Publication: Historia, antropología y fuentes orales
Date: 12/30/2005
Abstract: No. 34, pgs. 143-148

Associated Products

Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive (Web Resource)
Title: Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive
Author: Sherna Berger Gluck, Kaye Briegel
Abstract: More than 1,000 hours of complete oral histories with 350 diverse narrators are available online. The topics covered range from women's social history, labor and ethnic studies to Long Beach Area history and the musical developments in Southern California. Some of the interviews in the Asian American, Mexican American and women's history collections were recorded as early as 1972 and include interviews with narrators who were born in the mid- to late-19th century. The entire interview can be heard, or segments can be accessed for an individual narrator or across interviews based on topic searches.
Year: 2005
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Welcome to the Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive of California State University, Long Beach. This site provides access to the full audio recordings of oral histories that have been deposited in Special Collections of the University Library. It enables the user to hear the voice, pitch, and rhythm of the narrations as well as the emotions these convey. It offers the actual spoken words of oral history narrators, rather than seeing a written version of them in the form of a transcript. While users are able to listen to the streamed sound, they cannot download it without authorization.


Higher Education Innovator
Date: 6/1/2003
Organization: MIT-Accenture
Abstract: Accenture and MIT invited government organizations, public corporations, and higher education institutions to submit nominations for existing, Web-enabled, digital solutions or services. The nominations were viewed and judged on-line by a panel of leaders in academia, government and other organizations. Awards for each category were based on the degree of creative thinking and innovative use of Web-enabled technology used to create or enhance service delivery; the extent to which the nomination successfully addressed a significant problem faced by the users or the organization; and, the level of transformation and demonstrated effectiveness and tangible results achieved in the delivery of the program or service.