- 24 August 2012: Just released from the very first years of ROHO, Jacobus tenBroek: On the Organization and Philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind. He was founding president of the National Federation of the Blind, pioneering legal scholar on the rights of people with disabilities, and renown UC Berkeley professor. Recorded in 1955 and 1956 by Willa Baum, ROHO’s director from 1958 to 2000, the interview was part of a project on organizations and issues of the blind. Baum correctly recognized the self-organization of blind persons as a “prophetic social movement;” its insistence on self-determination and the civil rights of people with disabilities are cornerstones of the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements of later decades.
In 1996 the Regional Oral History Office and the Bancroft Library inaugurated a major project on the disability rights movement, which now includes more than 150 in-depth oral histories on the movement nationwide and an extensive collection of archival papers from leaders and major national and regional organizations. We are pleased to add the tenBroek interview to this collection.
- 1 August 2012: Unsealed and available to the public for the first time: Pauline Davis: California Assemblywoman, 1952-1976. The only woman in the California Legislature for a number of her years there, Davis describes challenges she uniquely faced and provides insights on the inner workings of California politics. Interviewed from 1977-1982 by Malca Chall, this is an inspiring update to our series on California Women Political Leaders and California Water Resources.
"Well, very frankly, even today, anyone--I don't care who it is--that would say to me that the members of a governmental body--at any
level--city or county or state or on the federal level--that they
welcome women and have no resentment of a woman holding a comparable seat to them, is not telling you the truth because there is a chauvinistic feeling; it might be minor, but it is there."
- 20 July 2012: Watch a video of Ralph "Jake" Warner describing the beginnings of NOLO press in his own inimitable fashion. For complete transcript of Warner's interview, visit our Legal Education Series.
- 19 July 2012: View complete February 6, 2004 video interview: Richard A. Wilson: Rancher, Conservationist, Director of The Department of Forestry. Visit our Parks and Environment series for complete Wilson oral history transcript.
- 12 July 2012: Now available, the Suzanne Riess 2001-2 oral history interview with Marion Cunningham, cooking legend and author of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Cunningham passed away July 11 at the age of 90.
- 9 July 2012: ROHO is looking for Bay Bridge accounts that span the years. July 9, 1933 was the groundbreaking of construction for the original Bay Bridge and we are pleased to announce today the Bridges and The San Francisco Bay Area Oral History Project. If you or someone you know has Bay Bridge stories to share, please contact Project Manager Sam Redman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.643.2106.
- 9 July 2012: Just released, Ann L. Winblad, Bay Area Venture Capitalists: Shaping the Economic and Business Landscape. Co–founder and a managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a firm focused exclusively on software investing. In an industry that remains male-dominated, Winblad is the sole woman interviewed in the Bay Area Venture Capitalists Oral History Project.
- 29 June 2012: RSVP to The National Park Service by July 7th to join us for the Annual Commemoration of the Port Chicago Explosion this July 21, 2012. The National Park Service and the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial invite you to honor the three hundred twenty men who lost their lives in the biggest military disaster on the home front during WWII. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday July 21, 2012 at the site of the explosion, which occurred on the night of July 17, 1944, at Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, California.
- 20 June 2012: Just released, Richard A. Wilson: Rancher, Conservationist, Director of the Department of Forestry: Toward a Working Landscape for California from Round Valley to the Redwood Forest. Recorded from 2001 to 2009, Wilson's oral history documents a lifetime of work on behalf of California’s natural resources and environment. View video excerpts of his 2004 interview.
The interviews discuss Wilson’s family and upbringing, the ranching life, and his role in the epic campaign (1967-1969) to defeat the Dos Rios dam on the Eel River, which would have flooded his home ground at Round Valley, Mendocino County. This was a pivotal battle, bringing an end to the big-dam era of the California Water Plan. He also details his subsequent efforts to build a workable community in Round Valley, battle timber barons, and foster a working landscape in the area.
Wilson reflects on his subsequent roles in California government, including service on the first Coastal Zone Conservation Commission and the State Board of Forestry, as well as the presidency of the Planning and Conservation League. In 1991, he was appointed director of the Department of Forestry in the Pete Wilson administration, where he reorganized the fire fighting and prevention programs and succeeded in incorporating a sustained yield plan into the department’s regulatory process. His focus on the working landscape and his vision of the sustainable forest as a metaphor for a sustainable society are central themes in Wilson’s life and work.
The final interview in the oral history tells the story of Wilson’s whistle-blower lawsuit against Charles Hurwitz of Maxxam Corporation, who had acquired ancient redwood forests in a hostile take-over of the historic Pacific Lumber Company. As director of the Department of Forestry, Wilson suspected fraud in Hurwitz’s sustained yield plan, filed as part of the notorious Headwaters agreement. His oral history tells how his suspicions were substantiated, and the course and outcome of the lawsuit, which resulted in an out-of-court settlement in 2009.
- 12 June 2012: New to our Legal Education Series: Ralph "Jake" Warner: Founder of Nolo Press. In this wide-ranging, rollicking, and insightful interview, NOLO Press founder Jake Warner brings us back to the heady days of Berkeley in the 1960s and 1970s, not to mention describing the finer points of publishing a series of books that, at first, thoroughly upset the legal profession.
- 4 June 2012: Listen to Sam Redman on KALW 91.7 Crosscurrents archive discussing excerpts from Kathleen Norris on the changing cultural landscape of the city before and after the 1906 earthquake. This audio from the 1950s was recently digitized as part of the California Audiovisual Preservation Program. To help ROHO preserve and share additional archival recordings online, consider donating to ROHO or contacting David Dunham for more information. Read complete Interview transcript with Kathleen Norris and full audio excerpt here.
- 1 June 2012: This month we recognize the accomplishments of Professor Richard Cándida Smith, who is retiring as ROHO's director. In his eleven years at the helm, Professor Cándida Smith presided over ROHO during an exciting period of growth and change: more than 2,000 interviews were conducted on digital video, nearly all old and new ROHO interview transcripts were posted online, and ROHO's ever popular summer institute was initiated. This month we feature an interview Professor Cándida Smith conducted with conceptual/digital artist Sonya Rapoport in 2006, as well as the video of his SFMOMA Gallery Interview with Gerald Nordland.
- 29 May 2012: Tune in 5:00pm tonight to KALW 91.7 Crosscurrents or listen online to hear A Place At The Table featuring ROHO's Martin Meeker in conversation and with archival recordings of the Alice B. Toklas interview. See also Toklas transcript and A Place at the Table: A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image & Voice.
- 26 May 2012: The opening of the Visitor Education Center at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Park was fantastic! The space, exhibits, films, staff, returning interviewees, and potential new oral history interviewees all exceeded our expectations! Congratulations to the National Park Service and all of the many partners. Now open seven days per week with oral histories, videos, exhibits, and tours.
- 15 May 2012: Join us May 26, 2012 10am-12pm for the grand opening of the Visitor Education Center at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Park to meet interviewees, view new exhibit materials, and learn more about this important time in our history. 1414 Harbor Way South, Oil House, Richmond, CA.
- 11 May 2012: Now playing in New York City: Take What is Yours, featuring portions of the 1972-73 interview with Alice Paul from our Suffragists Oral History Project.
- 10 May 2012: Check out the East Bay Express review of Linda Norton's The Public Gardens: Poems and History.
- 10 May 2012: George Rathmann, first chief executive of Amgen, passed away on April 22, 2012. A respected leader of the biotechnology industry, Rathmann was a rare combination of accomplished scientist and gifted businessman. Read his 2005 oral history from the Biotechnology series.
- 3 May 2012: David Ross Brower: Reflections on The Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and Earth Island Institute, new to our Parks and the Environment and Sierra Club series. In this series of interviews recorded in the year before Brower's death in November 2000, Brower reflects on the accomplishments and trials of the two environmental organizations he founded, Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute. He discusses his return to the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club in the 1990s and his enduring but tempestuous relationship with the club he once served as executive director. He muses on old friendships and current projects; the importance of humor and the need for boldness; profit, productivity, sustainability, and capitalism; and a range of other concerns about the fate of the Earth. This oral history supplements our earlier biographical interview: David R. Brower Environmental Activist, Publicist, and Prophet.
- 30 April 2012: Joseph Tussman: Philosopher, Professor, Educator, new to University of California Faculty, Administrators, and Regents. Joseph Tussman was a beloved philosophy professor at UC Berkeley. He was a leader in the anti Loyalty Oath campaign and defender of student rights during the Free Speech Movement. He created the Tussman Program, an experimental college within Cal that inspired similar endeavors throughout the country. Tussman's published work focused on politics, authority, and educational reform.
- 27 April 2012: Robert M. Berdahl: Chancellor, University of California at Berkeley, 1997-2004, newest edition to University of California Faculty, Administrators, and Regents. Chancellor Berdahl enhanced undergraduate learning, established innovative multi-disciplinary research centers, and created a master plan to upgrade campus infrastructure. His tenure was also beset by an economic downturn, conflict over affirmative action, and campus unrest. Berdahl is a masterful historian who recounts his administration with sharp analysis and thoughtful detail.
- 25 April 2012: Julian Silva: Novelist and Short Story Writer has just been added to our Portuguese in California Oral History Project. Julian talks about family life growing up in San Lorenzo in the East Bay, the source for his two novels, The Gunnysack Castle and The Death of Mae Ramos.
- 18 April 2012: Just released, Turk Murphy, Earthquake McGoon's, and The New Orleans Revival, featuring interviews with seven of Turk Murphy's band members and the band's early years manager Charles "Duff" Campbell. View an audio/video exerpt from this new addition to Caroline Crawford's Jazz Musician series.
- 17 April 2012: "Mr. Public Health" Lester Breslow passed away last week at the age of 97. Read his oral history Lester Breslow: Vision and Reality in State
Health Care: Medi-Cal and Other Public Programs, 1946-1975 from our Medicine and Public Health and Ronald Reagan Gubernatorial Era series.
- 13 April 2012: Listen to an audio excerpt of Kathleen Norris remembering San Francisco's 1906 earthquake from An Interview with Kathleen Norris. Thanks to the California Audiovisual Preservation Project [CAVPP] for preserving and digitizing this audio. ROHO and CAVPP are currently preserving additional selections from ROHO's audio archives.
- 10 April 2012: Just released, Richard Bender's oral history, Reflections: An Architect's Journey: Living, Teaching, and Practice in a World Without Walls, added to Architecture and Landscape Design, Land Use Planning, and University History.
- 3 April 2012: Sixty years after the interview was conducted, the Regional Oral History Office and The Bancroft Library release to the public for the first time a historic 5-hour interview with Alice B. Toklas. Listen to a clip from the interview or read the entire transcript. The publication of the transcript coincides with the new Bancroft exhibit A Place at the Table: A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image & Voice.
- 2 April 2012: ROHO is pleased to announce an addition to our Western Mining in the 20th Century oral history series: Noel Kirshenbaum: A Metallurgist's Perspectives on Changes in the Mining Industry: 1952-2009.
- 28 March 2012: The Friends of The Bancroft Libary and The Division of Equity and Inclusion, together with Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, invite you to a salon celebration to mark the opening of the exhibit A Place At The Table: A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image, and Voice. Opening Reception: The Bancroft Library Gallery Wednesday April 4, 2012.
- 26 March 2012: Louis J. Foppiano, Sonoma County Wine Industry Legend, Passed Away At Age 101. Read Louis J. Foppiano: A Century of Agriculture and Winemaking in Sonoma County, 1896-1996, from our California Wine Industry Series.
- 14 March 2012: Just released, What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement by Fred Pelka. Pelka, an independent scholar and author, was an interviewer for ROHO’s Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement project [DRILM], a collection of more than 125 in-depth oral histories of activist disability leaders and foot-soldiers. Now Pelka uses selections from this collection to trace how people with disabilities forged a movement to fight for full and equal participation in American society. Beginning with the stories of those who grew up with disabilities in the 1940s and 1950s, the book traces how disability came to be seen as a political issue, and how people with diverse disabilities—often isolated, institutionalized, and marginalized—came together to push through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Along with legislative milestones like the ADA, What We Have Done documents a transformation in societal views and a sea-change in self-perception, as people with disabilities took charge of their own lives, rejecting paternalism and pity and advocating for equal access to transportation, education, employment, and “the right to live in the world.”
Pelka’s book, published by University of Massachusetts Press, has been more than 10 years in the making. Dozens of taped interviews conducted independently by Pelka for his research will be placed in The Bancroft Library to supplement the DRILM collection.
- 8 March 2012: Now available, an oral history with F. Clark Howell (1925-2007): Modernizing Physical Anthropology through Fieldwork, Science, and Collaboration. View video excerpts Meeting the Leakey Family and Early Prehistory Research in Africa and The Piltdown Hoax and the Museum of Natural History, London.
Educated at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Sherwood L. Washburn, Howell became one of the leading figures in paleoanthropology of the twentieth century. This interview traces Howell's early childhood, education, and WWII service; leading up to his career in anthropology. As an anthropologist, he made major contributions to both scientific and popular understandings surrounding many of the most critical questions regarding human evolution. Howell's important contributions to the fields of physical anthropology and archaeology began when he published detailed findings on Homo neanderthalensis. During one of his earliest stays in Europe, he examined the original Piltdown Man fossils (one of the great scientific forgeries of the century), a story he recalled during his oral history.
In the 1950s, Howell began conducting fieldwork in Africa. His search fossilized skeletal material and prehistoric archaeological material in Africa would push Howell to return to the continent many times throughout the course of his career. His fieldwork methods in Africa and Europe were considered widely influential, as his teams from the University of Chicago (and subsequently the University of California, Berkeley) worked to reshape archaeological fieldwork methodologies through the integration of new interdisciplinary techniques. Working with pioneering Berkeley faculty, to provide an example, Howell's teams utilized new dating techniques developed in scientific laboratories to better understand prehistoric archaeological sites. Widely considered to be an important researcher, his training and mentorship of graduate students and fellow scholars made an equally significant impact on the reshaping of paleoanthropology in the twentieth century. Howell was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, received the Charles Darwin Award for lifetime achievement from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPS), and the Leakey Prize from the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation.
- 6 March 2012: Congratulations to ROHO's Linda Norton on her book of poetry and prose, The Public Gardens: Poems and History, a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
- 21 February 2012: Now available, an oral history with Thomas J. Graff, key player in shaping California's water and energy policy. Conducted shortly before his death in 2009, this interview documents his thirty eight years with the Environmental Defense Fund, defending California's wild rivers, safeguarding the environmental health of the San Francisco Bay Delta, and pursuing innovative market solutions to California's water and energy conundrums. This biographical oral history complements an earlier interview focused on Graff's central role in the design and passage of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, 1991-1992. Graff was interviewed on this subject in 1994 as part of a Regional Oral History Office project on the CVPIA, one of many research projects in our longstanding series on Water Resources in California.
- 20 February 2012: There is still time to apply to the ROHO 2012 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute with keynote speaker Matthew Frye Jacobson.
- 14 February 2012: New to Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present: an interview transcript with Christopher Edley, former Associate Director for the Office of Management and Budget and current Dean of Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law.
- 7 February 2012: Join us Thursday 2/16 at noon as Tony Platt, author of Grave Matters, presents his research on controversies surrounding the looting of Native American burial sites at ROHO's New Directions in Oral History Lecture Series in Bancroft 267. Event Flyer.
- 3 February 2012: Just released, An Oral History with William Russ Ellis: In The Golden Sandbox from our African American and Senior Staff Oral History Project. Professor Ellis joined UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture in 1970, where he taught, researched, and innovated in the intersection of sociology and architecture. He subsequently played a significant role in university administration, serving as Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Affairs and Faculty Equity Associate, a position for which he emerged temporarily from retirement. Ellis was raised in Los Angeles and educated at Compton High School and UCLA where he gained significant recognition as an athlete before going on to become a scholar and professor of sociology. Ellis emphasized over the course of his interview that his is a California story that reflects this state’s social history and diverse population. At Berkeley, he has worked to support and grow a student population that reflects this state’s diversity.
In this interview Professor Ellis reflects on UC Berkeley and the life and times that led him here. Significant themes include: a perspective on the University of California’s institutional history from the vantage point of someone who worked for change from within the administration, a perspective on how and why affirmative action policies and programs were built and dismantled, gender and racial discrimination and academic culture, and curricular transformation catalyzed by the social movements of the 1960’s. Professor Ellis’ trajectory reflects that of a generation of African American scholars and professionals. For many in this cohort, athletic excellence and/or military service were the mechanics of mobility that allowed them to circumvent structural racism and gain access to formerly segregated institutions of higher education. Against the changing backdrop of America’s racial landscape during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Ellis and his peers leapt far beyond what had been possible for their parents and previous generations and were central in efforts to create mechanisms to increase access for minorities and women who followed them in the academy.
- 20 January 2012: Announcing the ROHO 2012 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, August 13-17 at UC Berkeley, with keynote speaker Matthew Frye Jacobson. Apply online.
- 20 January 2012: Now available, an oral history with Judith Heumann on her role as a key strategist and leader of the historic 504 demonstrations for disability rights in 1977. This interview, recorded in 2007, joins Ms. Heumann's earlier biographical oral history and more than one hundred others in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement project.
- 10 January 2012: Including a number of ROHO interviews by Sally Smith Hughes, the new Life Sciences Foundation (LSF) website has been established to create a record of the achievements of contemporary bioscientists. To learn about the people, institutions, and organizations that are making biotech history, visit LSF timelines, oral histories, feature stories, videos, and archives. Visit ROHO's eLibrary of Bioscience and Biotechnology interviews for all completed ROHO interviews in the field.
- 23 December 2011: The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement project is pleased to link to a website celebrating the life and achievements of Ralph Boemio: An Activist for Disability Rights, a Skilled Computer Programmer, Sportsman, and Friend. Developed by Claire Englander, a longtime UC Berkeley library staff member and devoted friend of Ralph, the site outlines Ralph’s work as computer programmer in the University of California Office of the President. It documents his efforts to increase accessibility for people with disabilities to buses, libraries, and other public places in the Bay Area. It includes recollections by friends and coworkers and a record of Ralph’s many triumphs in sports events for the disabled, including the 1984 International Games for the Disabled in New York.
- 14 December 2011: The Right Way to Put Kids to Work, an op-ed by Sam Redman in today's online edition of The New York Times, including excerpts from Rosie the Riveter WWII American Homefront interviews.
- 13 December 2011: Several new additions to the Portuguese in California Oral History Project,including interviews with Cowboy Frank Castro, Felicie and John Marshall, Nathan Oliveira, and Mel Ramos.
- 7 December 2011: Remembering Pearl Harbor today, Sam Redman has a blog entry on the Berkeley Graduate featuring our 1976 interview with Professor Harry Wellman and interviews from the Rosie the Riveter WWII American Homefront project. The same interviews were also featured in a discussion on today's FM 91.7 KALW's Crosscurrents, now streaming online.
- 2 December 2011: Now available, our 2007 Oral History with Larry Sultan (1946-2009) from the SFMOMA Oral History Project. The influential photographer was featured in fourteen SFMOMA exhibits, was a Distinguished Professor of Photography and Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts, and was the second Artist Trustee of SFMOMA's Board of Trustees.
- 21 November 2011: Ira Michael Heyman, chancellor of UC Berkeley from 1980 to 1990 and professor emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Law and in the Department of City & Regional Planning, has passed away. His oral history, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and Professor of Law, UC Berkeley; and Secretary, The Smithsonian Institution is available under UC Faculty, Administrators and Regents and Legal Education.
- 21 November 2011: Alfred A. Boeke, architect of Sea Ranch, passed away November 8. Read his oral history: Oceanic Properties, Vice President: The Sea Ranch, 1959-1969 from our Business History series.
- 18 November 2011: New to Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present: interview transcripts with Alan Cohen and James McIntyre.
- 9 November 2011: New to our Bioscience and University History series: Daniel E. Koshland, Jr.: Science, Academic Service, Philanthropy, covers, among other topics, his biochemistry research at the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere; his decade as editor-in-chief of the journal Science; his leading role in the reorganization of biology at Berkeley in the 1980s and 1990s; his family background and life with his first wife Marian and his five children.
An oral history retrospective on Koshland’s final eight years preceding his death in 2008 is in progress. Interviews with his second wife Yvonne and several colleagues on and off campus will document his advisory role to two Berkeley chancellors, his funding and planning of the Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C., and his philanthropy and honors.
- 7 November 2011: Now online: Video Gallery Interviews with former SFMOMA Directors Gerald Nordland and Henry Hopkins. For full transcripts, visit SFMOMA 75th Anniversary Oral History Project.
- 4 November 2011: Now online: An Oral History with Marcella DeCray, professional harpist and founder of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
- 26 October 2011: The documentary film Lives Worth Living premieres on KQED Thursday, October 27 at 11 pm and repeats Sunday, October 30, at 6 pm. Produced by Eyes on the Prize filmmaker Eric Neudel, it relies in part on research and footage from Bancroft/ROHO collections and includes many of ROHO's narrators, especially featuring Fred Fay from the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Oral History Project.
- 24 October 2011: Listen to archived audio of ROHO's Sam Redman and interview excerpts on 91.7 KALW's Crosscurrents, discussing Native American migration to the Santa Fe Richmond Boxcar Village. See also our Richmond Boxcar Village video, featuring the recently completed oral history with Bertha Hicks. This video is also featured in the California Crossings exhibit in The Bancroft Library and is part of our Rosie the Riveter / WWII American Homefront project.
- 21 October 2011: Have you seen the powerful new documentary We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco? How about The San Francisco AIDS Oral History Series, 1981-1984, featuring over thirty interviews with physicians and nurses?
- 19 October 2011: Just released: Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech by Sally Smith Hughes. Read complete Genentech oral histories in the Program in Bioscience and Biotechnology Studies Oral History eLibrary. Drawing from an unparalleled collection of interviews with early biotech players, Sally Smith Hughes offers the first book-length history of this pioneering company, depicting Genentech’s improbable creation, precarious youth, and ascent to immense prosperity. Hughes provides intimate portraits of the people significant to Genentech’s science and business, including cofounders Herbert Boyer and Robert Swanson, and in doing so sheds new light on how personality affects the growth of science. By placing Genentech’s founders, followers, opponents, victims, and beneficiaries in context, Hughes also demonstrates how science interacts with commercial and legal interests and university research, and with government regulation, venture capital, and commercial profits.
- 14 October 2011: Join members of the Rosie the Riveter / WWII American Homefront Oral History Project team Saturday October 15th at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond for the 2011 Homefront Festival!
- 12 October 2011: Just added to the recently completed Kaiser Permanente Oral History Project: Ronald Knox, retired Vice President of National Diversity, for Kaiser Permanente discusses the movement for equal employment opportunity in this four hour interview.
- 9 October 2011: Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan screening 10/9 and 10/13 at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Read Caroline Crawford's ROHO interview with Ali Akbar Khan: Emperor of Melody: The North Indian Classical Music Tradition.
- 6 October 2011: Watch our Richmond Boxcar Village video, documenting Native American migration from New Mexico to Richmond during WWII and featuring a new oral history with Bertha Hicks. This video is also featured in the California Crossings exhibit in The Bancroft Library and is from our Rosie the Riveter / WWII American Homefront project.
- 28 September 2011: Gail Roberts: Politics, Law, and Human Rights, new to the Human Rights/Relations Commissions Oral History Series.
- 23 September 2011: Jim Davies: Initiating Self-help Groups for People with Epilepsy in Chicago, 1970s, new to the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement project.
- 20 September 2011: California Crossings exhibit now open in The Bancroft Library. Stories of Migration, relocation, and new encounters in California, including ROHO's oral history video on the Native American migration to the Santa Fe Indian Boxcar Village in Richmond, CA.
- 16 September 2011: New to Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present: interview transcripts with William G. Hoagland, Robert Reischauer, Alice Rivlin, and James Sasser.
- 14 September 2011: Eleanor Smith: Advocate for Accessible Housing oral history, new to the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement project.
- 6 September 2011: Just released: Howard Schachman:
University of California Professor of Molecular Biology: Discussions of His Research Over His Scientific Career From the 1940s Until 2010.
- 25 August 2011: New to Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present: interview transcripts with John Hilley, Joseph Minarik, June O'Neill, and John Taylor.
- 25 August 2011: Triggers to cut deficit don't work by Patrick Sharma.
- 24 August 2011: Our Last Chance to Record the Voices of New Deal Workers through Oral History is the newest Berkeley Blog post by ROHO's Samuel Redman, and includes references to several recent WWII HF oral histories.
- 22 August 2011: ROHO is pleased to share the news that Elaine Tennant has been named the James D. Hart Director of The Bancroft Library. Tennant, a medieval and early modern specialist in the German and Scandinavian departments, is looking forward to further integrating The Bancroft into the campus's teaching and research missions, as well as working with the School of Information and other campus units to help navigate The Bancroft as a 21st century library.
- 20 August 2011: Congratulations to ROHO's 2011 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute of forty scholars from around the world!
- 15 August 2011: We are sad to note the passing of Roger Hahn, emeritus professor of history at UC Berkeley. Professor Hahn was a leader in shaping the academic field of history of science and was a key supporter and colleague of The Bancroft Library and the Regional Oral History Office.
- 7 August 2011: Can We Focus on Unemployment Now? by Patrick Sharma of Slaying the Dragon of Debt Oral History Project.
- 5 August 2011: Read Neil Marcus' new work Special Effects: Advances in Neurology, including his oral history interview with Esther Ehrlich from the Artists with Disabilities project. More than a document of the early days of the disability rights movement, this work is also a window into California zine culture of the 1980s. Art in revolution: social justice, the human growth movement, art in the everyday. From flourishing dystopia to speech storms, Neil documents living artfully in Berkeley, California, and in Disability Country. Publication Studio is proud to present this collection of reprinted documents with a new foreword by Melanie Yergeau and an interview by Esther Ehrlich.
- 4 August 2011: Congress pulled a trigger before: Gramm-Rudman tackled deficit in '85 article from Concord Monitor featuring Warren Rudman oral history from Slaying the Dragon of Debt.
- 2 August 2011: Food and Wine Specialist Victor Geraci explains how prohibition and WWII impacted the US wine industry in the San Francisco Chronicle. See also our oral history and documentary film project: America's Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition.
- 31 July 2011: Watch Patrick Sharma talking Debt Ceiling on CBS 5 and KTVU Channel 2. For more, see Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present.
- 29 July 2011: Nichi Bei Weekly article on ROHO, TBL, and Densho Japanese American Confinement Site grants.
- 22 July 2011: In the San Francisco Chronicle, Port Chicago historians seek sailors' remembrances. Prospective narrators should email email@example.com or call 925.937.2290.
- 20 July 2011: From Patrick Sharma on the Berkeley Blog: Republican posturing over the debt ceiling is increasing our national debt. Read more at Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present.
- 19 July 2011: In the Contra Costa Times, UC researchers looking for Port Chicago alumni.
- 14 July 2011: ROHO seeks first hand accounts of 1944 Port Chicago explosion. Join us for 7/23 memorial event.
- 13 July 2011: Read the latest editorial from ROHO's Patrick Sharma: America's New Fundamentalist Threat. Explore related oral history project: Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present.
- 12 July 2011: With inspiration and research from ROHO's WWII American Homefront Oral History Project, check out the live performance Rivets! July 13-17 in San Pablo.
- 11 July 2011: We are sad to note the passing of Alberto S. Lemos: Publisher of the Jornal Português (Portuguese Journal), 1957-1994 from the Portuguese in California Oral History Project. Contra Costa Times obituary.
- 10 July 2011: Watch ROHO's Patrick Sharma on CBS San Francisco discussing the debt ceiling. See also Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present for oral histories and additional resources.
- 6 July 2011: ROHO is pleased to announce an oral history with Mesi Nyilasi, new to Survival: Lives of Hungarians under Communist and Capitalist Governments: 1956-2006.
- 30 June 2011: The Bancroft Library and ROHO received two grants from the National Park Service to expand documentation of Japanese American Confinement Sites. One grant will digitize existing ROHO and TBL holdings and the second grant commissions new oral history interviews to add to our WWII American Homefront Oral History Project.
- 22 June 2011: Just released: Ben H. Bagdikian: Journalist, Media Critic, Professor and Dean Emeritus, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. For more than a half-century, Ben Bagdikian was the go-to person to get the straight story on civil rights, poverty and prisons, among a host of other social issues in the United States. He had long established his expertise in media criticism, but with his path-breaking book, Media Monopoly in 1983, he solidified his role as the pre-eminent critic in the field. This book has been revised seven times and continues to be a course text and popular read.
His oral history begins with his family's harrowing escape from Turkey when he was three days old and concludes with his tenure at UC Berkeley as professor and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. Among the many fascinating vignettes about U.S. newspapers is a cloak and dagger account of his leaking The Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post—for which he was managing editor.
- 7 June 2011: Just released to Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present, interview transcripts with Governor John Sununu and Secretary Robert Rubin.
- 6 June 2011: Check out editorials from ROHO's Patrick Sharma: What Would the Founding Fathers Say About the Debt Ceiling?;
The U.S. had a way to prevent going into debt; let's revive it; and Farm Subsidies: A Useful Sacrifice in the Budget Debate.
- 31 May 2011: Read Samuel Redman's Berkeley Blog entry on Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter and World War II in American memory.
- 24 May 2011: Just released: Earl T. Watkins: Jazz Drummer and Union Official. Jazz drummer Earl Watkins was born and raised in San Francisco in the 1920s. He performed in the dozens of clubs in the city’s “Harlem of the West,” the Fillmore District, until redevelopment closed it down. From 1955 to 1963 he was with Earl “Fatha” Hines’ band. Watkins worked to break the color barrier in music and housing in the Bay Area, serving for more than twenty years on the musicians union board. He performed until his death at the age of 87 in 2007.
- 10 May April 2011: Just released: Lawrence R. Sonsini, Early Bay Area Venture Capitalists: Shaping the Economic and Business Landscape.
- 04 May 2011: New to the Portuguese in California Oral History Project: Manuel S. Bettencourt.
- 26 April 2011: New to the Venture Capitalists Oral History Project: Sanford R. "Sandy" Robertson.
- 21 April 2011: Join us at the Oakland Museum on May 12 for a presentation on ROHO's WWII Homefront Oral History Project.
- 19 April 2011: New to Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present, interview transcripts with Bert Carp, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Robert Reich, and Warren Rudman.
- 11 April 2011: ROHO is pleased to announce the publication of Icons of American Cooking, edited by ROHO Food and Wine Academic Specialist Victor W. Geraci and Elizabeth S. Demers. The volume includes chapters on ROHO narrators Cecilia Chiang and Chuck Williams.
- 4 April 2011: New to the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement oral history project: Ralf Hotchkiss: Innovator in Wheelchair Design, Disability Activist.
- 1 April 2011: It is with sadness we note the passing of Edythe "Edie" Esser, ROHO Rosie narrator who inspired many other narrators to participate with her enthusiastic interview featured on ABC News.
- 30 March 2011: ROHO featured in Albany Patch article: UC Project Seeks Albany, El Cerrito Residents for Home Front Interviews
- 30 March 2011: In honor of World Women's Month, on March 19, Berkeley City College screened Connie Field's The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter followed by a panel with Professor of History Charles Wollenberg, ROHO Academic Specialist Samuel Redman, and National Park Ranger and ROHO narrator Betty Reid Soskin. Video of Panel
- 29 March 2011: New to the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement oral history project: Elizabeth Savage: Lobbyist for The Epilepsy Foundation: The Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- 18 March 2011: ROHO Academic Specialist Sam Redman is a featured speaker and panelist Saturday March 19 at 1pm at Berkeley City College following a screening of The Life and Times of Rosie The Riveter. Joining Redman on the panel are historian Charles Wollenberg and National Park Ranger and WWII American Homefront ROHO narrator Betty Reid Soskin.
- 16 March 2011: From the archives: the nuclear power question is a focus of David Pesonen: Attorney and Activist for the Environment, 1962-1992: Opposing Nuclear Power at Bodega Bay and Point Arena, Managing California Forests and East Bay Regional Parks.
- 14 March 2011: ROHO is pleased to announce an addition to our Western Mining in the 20th Century oral history series: Douglas W. Fuerstenau: Mineral Processing Engineer and Scientist: In Education, Research, and International Cooperation.
- 11 March 2011: From UC Berkeley News Center, Slaying the dragon of debt: Officials’ oral histories tell the political backstory.
- 10 March 2011: ROHO seeks LGBT senior narrators for our WWII American Homefront oral history project. Read Bay Area Reporter article.
- 7 March 2011: ROHO is proud to announce the launch of the website for Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy from the 1970s to the Present. The website features the first selection of interview transcripts alongside interview video clips and a dynamic timeline that provides detailed information on the key pieces of legislation and historical milestones in the recent history of debt and deficits.
- 24 February 2011: The Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce the 2011 ROHO Advanced Oral History Summer Institute. This one-week advanced institute on the methodology, theory, and practice of oral history will take place on the Berkeley campus from August 15-19, 2011. The cost of the five-day institute is $900. Apply online.
Designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, college faculty, and independent scholars, the institute is also open to museum and community-based historians who are engaged in oral history work. Institute presentations by ROHO faculty and invited specialists will cover: project planning; preparation for interviewing and interview techniques; engaging oral histories with other kinds of archival documents; interview analysis; legal and ethical responsibilities such as copyright and human subject protection requirements. We will devote particular attention to how oral history interviews can broaden and deepen historical interpretation situated within contemporary discussions of history, subjectivity, memory, and memoir.
- 22 February 2011: ROHO is pleased to announce the release of an oral history with Lewis H. Butler, A Life of Public Service: Ploughshares Fund, California Tomorrow, Health Policy, HEW, the Environment, the Peace Corps. In this life-history interview, Butler describes his San Francisco roots, his experiences in Malaysia as director of the newly founded Peace Corps, and his work as a lawyer/strategist in the early days of the environmental movement. A Republican political maverick, he directed Pete McCloskey’s legendary campaign for Congress against Shirley Temple Black in 1967 and shortly thereafter joined the Nixon administration as an assistant secretary of HEW with a progressive agenda. Returning to San Francisco in 1971, he was cofounder and director of the Health Policy Institute at UCSF and founding chair of Ploughshares Fund, devoted to the elimination of nuclear weapons. But what he describes as “the centerpiece of everything I wanted to do” was California Tomorrow, an organization he founded and led for twenty years, dedicated to an equitable and inclusive multicultural society in California. View one of seven video highlights from the interview: On the Value of the Peace Corps.
- 14 February 2011: Join us for two Otto Lin events Tuesday February 15 to celebrate the release of his multi-year oral history project: Otto C.C. Lin: Promoting Education, Innovation, and Chinese Culture in the Era of Globalization.
- 9 February 2011: Allen Smith: Jazz Trumpeter and Educator. Trumpeter Allen Smith was born in 1925, moved to California in 1943, performed in the U.S. Navy Hellcat Band during the war and after the war in the San Francisco Fillmore District Clubs that were open to African Americans. He served as a teacher and principal in public schools for many years and performed in Bay Area clubs until shortly before his death in February, 2011.
8 February 2011: ROHO is pleased to announce that early this morning, ABC 7 News aired a story about the Rosie the Riveter / WWII American Homefront oral history project. The story focused on ROHO’s work in collaboration with the National Park Service and the City of Richmond to document first-hand accounts of social and cultural change in the United States during World War II. A portion of the story was filmed during a recent interview with Edythe “Edie” Esser of Concord, California. Esser worked in prefabrication at the Kaiser shipyards during the war.
1 February 2011: The Regional Oral History Office and the Center for Studies of Higher Education invite you to two events celebrating the release of the multi-year oral history project, Otto C.C. Lin: Promoting Education, Innovation, and Chinese Culture in the Era of Globalization
. Through the generous support of the Kauffman Foundation, the Regional Oral History Office conducted more than forty hours of interviews with Professor Lin, documenting the motivations, strategies, and struggles of the “Taiwan miracle” and Taiwan’s transformation from an agricultural economy to a leader in the world of technology innovation.
Tuesday, February 15, 3:00-4:30pm
223 Moses Hall
“China on the rise: Perspectives on the future development of the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong”
The Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan are distinctly different in size, population, government structure, and social and economic developments. However, all have achieved remarkable economic success in the last thirty years, each becoming significant players in the global community. What are the underlying factors in their achievements? Is the "rise" sustainable in the future? What are the crucial issues of re-unification between Mainland China and Taiwan?
Professor Otto Lin will address these questions by comparing the different economic performances, innovation capacities, innovation systems, systems of higher education, rule of law and cultural and environmental factors. The key issues of future integration will be discussed. The talk will suggest the development of "soft power", based on common cultural values, as a deciding factor.
Tuesday, February 15, 5:00-7:00pm
The Morrison Library
Please join us for a reception and presentation of the oral history, Otto C.C. Lin: Promoting Education, Innovation, and Chinese Culture in the Era of Globalization. Professor Lin will be present to talk about the interview, and a short video presentation of interview highlights will be shown.
Professor Otto Lin was born in China, and educated in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the USA. He has pursued a career in technology, innovation and education in the Asia Pacific Region. He was President of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan and later, Vice President for Research and Development of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), active contributors to the economic development of the region. His industrial experience included Du Pont and other technology companies in the Region. He also led the development of the Nansha IT Park in Guangzhou to enhance technology cooperation between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. He has received many honors including the Technology Award of the Third World Academy of Science. He is the author of the book "China on the rise: competition of soft power in the globalization era", text in Chinese, by the Hong Kong University Press in 2010. http://www.hkupress.org
- 28 January 2011: ROHO is pleased to announce the release of two new transcripts for our Venture Capitalists Oral History Project: David A. Bossen and William Hambrecht.
- 12 January 2011: Just released: a life-history interview with Walter Newman, leader in San Francisco's business, arts, and community history since the 1940s. Video except: The Allied Invasion of Normandy: A Life-Changing Experience.
- 7 January 2011: Read Contra Costa Times Article: UC Berkeley historians seek WWII homefront workers on our Rosie the Riveter WWII American Home Front Oral History Project.
- 31 December 2010: "We Can Do It!" poster inspiration dies.
Read Rosie and other WWII home front experiences.
CALL FOR NARRATORS:
ROHO continues to seek male and female participants for oral history interviews regarding a diverse range of home front experiences during World War II. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.643.2106.
- 17 December 2010: The Julia Morgan Project is currently presenting the intriguing play Becoming Julia Morgan at the Berkeley City Club. Read more about this celebrated architect and UCB graduate in our two volume oral history Julia
Morgan Architectural History, featuring interviews with associates in the Julia Morgan office, staff, clients, and family members.
- 10 December 2010: Are you familiar with The Hand Bookbinding Tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area? Check out our oral history on the subject from the Books and Fine Printing series.
- 6 December 2010: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is turning 50! Read George L. Collins The Art and Politics of Park Planning and Preservation, 1920-1979. Collins was instrumental in the designation and protection of the refuge. His oral history describes his 1950 and 1953 reconnaissance trips in the Arctic for the National Park Service and a ten-year effort to have the area designated as a wildlife refuge. Then he led a 25 year effort towards an Arctic International Wildlife Range. His oral history includes his own drawings.
- 1 December 2010: In honor of World AIDS day, review our San Francisco AIDS Oral History Series.
- 29 November 2010: Two new Kaiser Permanente Medical Care oral histories! Robert Crane and Richard Froh have been added to Year 4: Government Regulation and Public Policy.
- 22 November 2010: We are sad to note the passing of Howard Lester, Williams Sonoma Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Read his oral history transcript from the Food and Food Ways Series. San Francisco Chronicle obituary.
- 17 November 2010: Just released: Thomas K. Gilhool: Legal Advocate for Deinstitutionalization and the Right to Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, from the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement oral history project.
- 12 November 2010: New to the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement oral history project, Marca Bristo: Executive director of Chicago's Access Living; cofounder of the National Council on Independent Living, past chair of the National Council on Disability.
- 8 November 2010: College basketball season starts today. Let's remember Pete Newell, one of the greatest coaches and influences on the game of basketball. UC Berkeley Athletics and a Life in Basketball: Coaching Collegiate and Olympic Champions; Managing, Teaching, and Consulting in the NBA.
- 3 November 2010: From KQED's The California Report, listen to an excerpt from Suffragist Helen Valeska Bary: Labor Administration and Social Security: A Woman's Life. Visit ROHO's Suffragists Project and Women Political Leaders for complete oral histories.
- 1 November 2010: Made possible through the support of the Kauffman Foundation, ROHO presents Otto C. C. Lin: Promoting Education, Innovation and Chinese Culture in the Era of Globalization. Over the course of more than forty hours of interviewing, Dr. Lin provides unprecedented insight into the motivations, strategies and struggles of the transformation of Taiwan from an agricultural economy to one of the leaders in the world of technology innovation. Interview topics include the development and institutional history of ITRI, the role of US universities and businesses in the "Taiwan Miracle," and the changing tides of Taiwan-Hong Kong-Mainland China relations.
Otto C.C. Lin
Promoting Education, Innovation, and Chinese Culture in the Era of Globalization
Volume I: Oral History. 2010, 667 pp.
Volume II: Appendix. 2010, 680 pp.
Otto C.C. Lin Video excerpts:
Developing a technology-based economy: the role of government
Entrepreneurship, from laboratory to market
Changing Taiwan, and the importance of patents in a technology-based economy
The significance of management styles
China-Taiwan relations and the legacy of ITRI
Cultivating synergy between university, institute, business and government
- 29 October 2010: Don't forget to vote in the midterm elections. Inspire yourself with ROHO's Politics and Government oral histories!
- 26 October 2010: Listen to the archived audio of "National Debt: The Threat and Potential Solutions," co-sponsored by ROHO's Shorenstein Program on Politics, Policy, and Values with the Commonwealth Club of California.
- 22 October 2010: Did you hear Sunset magazine editors on NPR's Forum this morning? For more of the Sunset story, read the oral history: Bill Lane: Sunset Publisher, Conservationist, Ambassador.
- 20 October 2010: View edited video clips of Phoenix Pastaficio from our oral history with Eric Sartenaer in our Food and Food Ways series.
- 18 October 2010: For the story behind the 1968 Olympic podium protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, read An Oral History with Harry Edwards from the African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project.
- 13 October 2010: Taking the University to the People: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Oral History Project features interview transcripts, a timeline, history, model interview guide, and more.
- 11 October 2010: From the archives: Vernon DeMars, A Life in Architecture: Indian Dancing, Migrant Housing, Telesis, Design for Urban Living, Theater, Teaching from our Architecture series.
- 8 October 2010: From the archives: ROHO has sixteen oral history transcripts documenting the California-Russian Émigré experience.
- 6 October 2010: New to the African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project: An Oral History with Jewelle Taylor Gibbs. Audio excerpt on women at the Men's Faculty Club.
- 4 October 2010: New article on the Oakland Army Base oral history project: "Oral history weaves story of the Oakland Army Base and its profound region-wide impact."
- 1 October 2010: Join ROHO at the Home Front Festival in Richmond Saturday October, 2nd. We will be there with the National Park Service and The City of Richmond recruiting additional narrators for the Rosie the Riveter World War II American Homefront and Port Chicago Oral History Project.
- 29 September 2010: From Interviews on Parks and the Environment, Edwin Philip Pister video clip on Rescuing the Owens Pupfish at Fish Slough.
- 27 September 2010: From the archives, Allen E. Broussard: A California Supreme Court Justice Looks at Law and Society, 1964-1996, from our California Supreme Court and UC Berkeley Black Alumni series.
- 24 September 2010: From the archives, Fay M. Blake, Information for All: An Activist Librarian and Library Educator at the University of California, 1961-1984 from the Library School Oral History Series.
- 22 September 2010: National Debt: The Threat and Potential Solutions Location, cosponsored by Shorenstein Program on Politics, Policy, and Values at the Commonwealth Club on Thursday September 23.
- 20 September 2010: Just added to our Department of History at Berkeley oral history series, Natalie Zemon Davis: Historian of Early Modern Europe, Professor at Berkeley, 1971-1978.
- 17 September 2010: ROHO wishes to acknowledge the death of William Coblentz, a distinguished San Francisco attorney and Regent of the University of California. His life and career, as detailed in his oral history, were at the center of San Francisco Bay Area life for close to sixty years. Whether giving counsel to governors of California and mayors of San Francisco, representing real estate developers who changed the face of San Francisco, advising rock impresario Bill Graham and political activist Angela Davis, or serving as a fundraiser and benefactor to a variety of worthy educational and social organizations, Bill Coblentz embodied the best of Bay Area civic leadership.
Browse other University of California Office of the President oral histories.
Browse other Legal Profession oral histories.
San Francisco Chronicle obituary.
- 15 September 2010: Watch a video excerpt of our oral history with David Harrington of Kronos Quartet. Read the oral history Kronos Quartet: Musicians without Borders.
- 13 September 2010: Watch The Development of the Electronic Medical Record in Kaiser Permanente. Browse Kaiser oral histories.
- 10 September 2010: Explore the rich history of Portuguese in California through oral history transcripts and video excerpts.
- 8 September 2010: ROHO's Shorenstein Program on Politics, Policy, and Values is pleased to cosponsor with the Commonwealth Club of California a panel of recognized economists and policy-makers on "National Debt: The Threat and Potential Solutions." The event will be held at the Commonwealth Club of California (595 Market Street, San Francisco) on Thursday September 23 at 5:30pm. Event flyer.
- 6 September 2010: Wondering how to honor our rich labor history today? Read one of ROHO's labor oral histories.
- 3 September 2010: Have you been to the new David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley? Why not check out the inspiration with Brower's oral history: Environmental Activist, Publicist, and Prophet from the Sierra Club Oral History Series.
- 2 September 2010: From the Archives: "The last of the women bus drivers for AC Transit whose careers began during World War II." Reba L. Gauer in Straight Run: 39 years driving a bus for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District from the AC Transit Series.
- 1 September 2010: Art Department Alumni oral histories with Fred Martin and Sonya Rapoport. Watch video excerpt.
- 31 August 2010: Now online: An Oral History with Ericka Huggins, focusing on her extensive work with the Black Panther Party.
- 27 August 2010: The 2010 ROHO Advanced Oral History Summer Institute welcomed more than forty scholars from four continents. Highlights from this year included Susana Kaiser's presentation "Oral History, Memory and Media," and Vic Geraci's "Old World/New World" wine talk and tasting.
- 25 August 2010: Check out new oral histories in Early Bay Area Venture Capitalists: Shaping the Business and Industrial Landscape, including Paul Bancroft III, J. Burgess Jamieson, Donald L. Lucas, and several new NVCA-donated oral histories.
- 24 August 2010: Screening of America's Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition at Ceja Vineyards in Napa, CA on September 3, 2010.
- 23 August 2010: ROHO is pleased to announce our arrival in Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to Like and Follow us. You can also check out our YouTube channel featuring a growing number of video excerpts from our oral history collection.
- 12 August 2010: We are sad to note the passing of Paul Longmore, Professor of History and Director, Institute on Disability San Francisco State University. Read Professor Longmore's oral history, part of the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Oral History Project.
- 11 August 2010: New to the University History Series: an oral history with renowned Berkeley sociologist, Philip Selznick, conducted in 2002. Selznick, who died June 12, 2010, joined the Berkeley faculty in 1952. His oral history discusses his law and society scholarship and his contributions to Berkeley Law and the Department of Sociology through the course of a remarkably rich, accomplished and deservedly celebrated career.
Renowned in both the sociology of law and the sociology of organizations, Selznick was a founder of the institutional perspective in organization theory. He chaired the Department of Sociology from 1963-1967, was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society (1961-1972) and was the co-founder (with Sanford Kadish) of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. Under his leadership in the 1970s an undergraduate major in Legal Studies and Ph.D. program in the social and philosophical study of law became a permanent part of Berkeley Law’s academic activities and areas of scholarly distinction.
Although Philip formally retired in 1984, he remained a large and active presence in the JSP Program and Law and Society scholarship for many years following. In 2008, at the age of 89, he published the last of eight learned volumes: A Humanist Science: Values and Ideals in Social Inquiry. Read his obituary.
- 2 August 2010: Read the Oakland Tribune Article on the Oakland Army Base Oral History Project Book.
- 16 July 2010: We are sad to note the passing of Professor David Blackwell, eminent statistician at the University of California, Berkeley. Read Professor Blackwell's oral history, part of the African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project.
- 6 July 2010: ROHO is proud to announce the completion of the Oakland Army Base Oral History Project with the publication of the book, The Oakland Army Base: An Oral History. The book launch celebration will be on Thursday July 22.
- 24 June 2010: We note with sadness that Walter Shorenstein, generous sponsor of ROHO's new Shorenstein Program in Politics, Policy, and Values, has died. At his 95th birthday celebration in March 2010, Mr. Shorenstein announced, "I'm delighted to be working with UC Berkeley to create the Shorenstein Program in Politics, Policy and Values and I'm grateful to President Clinton for joining us for the announcement of this effort. I have every confidence that the scholars at Bancroft Library will make this project a great and lasting success."
Read the SF Chronicle Obituary.
Read Walter H. Shorenstein: An Oral History.
Read UC Berkeley press release.
- 4 May 2010: Explore perspectives of leaders with developmental disabilities in the Self-Advocacy Movement, featuring oral histories and video excerpts recently added to the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement collection.
- 29 April 2010: ROHO is pleased to announce the addition of twelve new oral histories to Survival: Lives of Hungarians under Communist and Capitalist Governments: 1956-2006.
- 25 February 2010: "I'm delighted to be working with UC Berkeley to create the Shorenstein Program in Politics, Policy and Values and I'm grateful to President Clinton for joining us for the announcement of this effort. I have every confidence that the scholars at Bancroft Library will make this project a great and lasting success."
—Walter H. Shorenstein Read UC Berkeley press release
Announcing The Shorenstein Program in Politics, Policy, and Values. The Regional Oral History Office of The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, announces the launching of a new series on national and international public policy issues that honor the passion for public service that Walter H. Shorenstein has exemplified throughout his long life. The Shorenstein Program in Politics, Policy, and Values will develop and maintain a series of on-going projects digging into the back stories to contemporary public debates in the United States. Centered on oral history methodology, the initial project of the Shorenstein Program is Slaying the Dragon of Debt: Fiscal Politics and Policy in the Clinton Administration.
The question of how much national debt the United States could bear was among the most important issues dividing national politics from 1985 to 2000. After reaching a postwar historic low at the end of the Carter Administration in 1981, the United States national debt skyrocketed from just over 30% to nearly 70% of the GNP during the twelve years of Presidential administrations of Reagan and Bush I. During his eight years in office, President Clinton and his advisors engineered a historic turnaround. By the end of his administration, national debt was significantly reduced, the economy was booming, with prosperity spreading to groups and regions long side-lined from the benefits of a dynamic American economy. George W. Bush’s administration returned to the pro-debt policies of earlier Republican administrations. The initial project of Shorenstein Program in Politics, Policy, and Values will explore the Clinton policy of debt reduction including the strategies by which it was successfully enacted and the volatile international context in which it was engineered. A primary focus of interviews will be to explore which Clinton administration policies succeeded when and why, which were less successful and why, but, equally importantly, why they generated intense partisan opposition, as well as disagreement within the Democratic Party.
Interviewing begins this spring. In October 2011, a public symposium will present and analyze important lessons to be learned from interviews collected on the politics of debt. This event will be accompanied by on-line release of interview transcripts. Additional research topics under the sponsorship of the Shorenstein Program in Politics, Policy, and Values will be announced over the coming months. This new ROHO initiative has been made possible through the generous support of Walter H. Shorenstein.
"I'm grateful to UC Berkeley and Bancroft Library for all their hard work in producing an exceptional manuscript from my oral history. With their help, I've had a chance to revisit many fond memories from a lifetime of challenges and accomplishments."
—Walter H. Shorenstein Read Walter H. Shorenstein: An Oral History
- 24 February 2010: On March 11, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., Historian Martin Meeker will share some highlights of his book on The Oakland Army Base Oral History Project as part of the Oakland Heritage Alliance lecture series. The Project is based upon in-depth, interviews with individuals who were affiliated with the base during its period of operation (1941-1999).
Oakland Heritage Alliance lectures are held at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10 OHA Members/$15 Non-members
- 4 February 2010: The Regional Oral History Office is excited to announce the 2010 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, to be held on campus August 16-20. Participants will engage with issues of theory, method, and practice through workshops, presentations, and active discussion of individual projects. Applications are due April 30.
- 27 January 2010: Friends and colleagues of The Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office will be saddened to learn of the death of Amelia Fry Davis late in December 2009 in Carmel Valley after a long illness. Known to the oral history world as Chita Fry, she joined ROHO in its infancy in 1959. Remembering Amelia “Chita” Fry Davis
- 15 January 2010: Fifty-four individuals who have worked at, worked with, and/or closely observed SFMOMA tell the story of the institution’s development. The interviews focus on the museum’s collection, exhibition, and education programs. Interviewees discuss different approaches the museum has taken to integrate art into community life, as well as how this museum has presented classics of modern art and new trends in contemporary art.
- 10 December 2009: United States Forest Service Region 5 Oral History Project conducted over 150 oral histories from 2004 - 2009 addressing themes—Forest Careers, Community, Timber Management, Changing Workforce, Fire Control, and Public Relations—that have helped shape the region’s and nation’s Forest Service in the latter half of the twentieth century.
- 17 November 2009: America's Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition Oral History Project and Documentary Film. New York Premiere on November 18 at Wine 2.0 Expo. This documentary offers an unprecedented overview of the legacy of National Prohibition and its continuing impact on the wine industry and everyday lives of Americans. Marking the 75th Anniversary of Prohibition’s Repeal, it brings to life never-before-seen archival photographs and film clips, and features nearly forty interviews including those who experienced Prohibition, including historians, winemakers, members of Congress, and public policy experts. Among those filmed are Kevin Starr, California Librarian Emeritus, Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, as well as legendary winemakers Brother Timothy, Robert Mondavi, and Ernest Gallo. The interviews chronicle the rebuilding of the wine industry and the emergence of a new American wine culture. Equally significant are the insights fueling the continuing societal debate over the issue of alcohol in America.
- 6 November 2009: New at ROHO, Edwin Philip Pister oral history and video excerpts: Preserving Native Fishes and Their Ecosystems: A Pilgrim’s Progress, 1950s-Present. The intellectual journey of aquatic biologist Phil Pister illuminates a profound shift in thinking about the environment and our relationship with our fellow species. The oral history documents Phil Pister’s efforts to save desert pupfish, preserve the integrity of California’s golden trout population, and spread the gospel of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic.
- 2 November 2009: Early Bay Area Venture Capitalists: Shaping the Business and Industrial Landscape documents through videotaped interviews with the first generation of venture capitalists the origins and evolution of the venture capital industry in California during the 1960s and 1970s. The project explores and explains through the words of participants how venture capital originated in the Bay Area, its intersection with national legislation and policy, the significance of its location, and its role in creating the electronics and biotechnology industries in California.
- 16 September 2009: Stanley N. Cohen: Science, Biotechnology, and Recombinant DNA: A Personal History. This oral history describes for the first time in great detail the discovery for which Stanley N. Cohen is famous: the invention with Herbert Boyer of recombinant DNA technology, a method for splicing and cloning genes that is a fundamental basis of molecular biology and the biotechnology industry. Among other topics in this 30-plus-hour set of interviews, Cohen also details his central role in the ensuing political debate over the technology's safety and his indebtedness (or not) to the work of other scientists.
- 1 August 2009: The ongoing Community-Based Arts Oral History Project looks at approaches to art that originate in the community. The two projects currently presented are Noah Purifoy's Joshua Tree art project and the Mount Shasta Community Peace Mural. The interview with Purifoy provides an important historical and philosophical introduction to the concept of community-based art, when can then allow users of the project materials to situate each of the contemporary community-based art projects in a larger historical phenomenon. We complement Purifoy's interview with the Mount Shasta Peace Mural interviews, detailing the process of designing the mural, enlisting community support, coordinating the contributions of volunteers, and finding a permanent site for the mural.
- 8 July 2009: Judge D. Lowell Jensen: A Life Dedicated to the Administration of
Justice and Legal Reform This insightful oral history chronicles the
long and distinguished career of Lowell Jensen, a UC Berkeley Boalt
School of Law graduate, a twenty-six-year veteran of the Alameda County
District Attorney's Office, elected four times as District Attorney -who
tried or supervised the prosecution of a succession of cases that gained
national attention -including the Free Speech Movement, the three trials
of Black Panther Party leader Huey P. Newton, and the kidnapping of
Patricia Hearst. These among others cases discussed in the oral history
provide a legal chronicle of the upheavals and social movements of the
1960s and 70s. In 1981, Jensen was appointed by President Ronald Reagan
to head the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and by
1985 advanced to the position of Deputy Attorney General under Edwin
Meese. From this insiders perspective, Jensen reflects on the changing
nature of crime, efforts to standardize law enforcement and coordinate
information gathering. In 1986 Jensen was appointed to the U.S.
District Court for the Northern California District where he still
presides. Jensen has played a significant role in state and national
organizations to standardize sentencing procedures and to teach best
practices in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.
- 8 June 2009: In our continuing collaboration with The National Park Service and The City of Richmond, the next group of Rosie the Riveter / World War II American Homefront transcripts are now online.
- 1 June 2009: ROHO is pleased to announce The Beverly Willis Oral History Project, documenting the life and work of
Beverly Willis, FAIA, an American architect known for her work as a
designer and an urban planner, a real estate developer, and a
- 30 April 2009: "Managed Care in the 1990s: Politics, Policy, and Oral History Perspectives" Archived Video of a panel discussion held April 8, 2009 featuring: Alain Enthoven, James Robinson, Martin Meeker, and Richard Candida-Smith, with written remarks by Robin Einhorn.
- 20 April 2009: Taking the University to the People: The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Oral History Project is an expansive, five-year, interview-based research project funded by individual donations to the University of California Office of the President. Over the past 150 years the University of California, as a land-grant university, has provided scientific assistance and technology for the Golden State’s agricultural community and citizens in a system past UC President Robert Dynes described as the “R, D & D” model (Research, Development and Delivery).
- 10 February 2009: Upcoming Event!
"Managed Care in the 1990s: Politics, Policy, and Oral History Perspectives"
A panel discussion sponsored by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library
Wednesday, April 8th, 4pm - 6pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley
Over the past three years, the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley, has been conducting interviews on the development of Kaiser Permanente since 1970. This series builds on a previous set of interviews with the founding generation that began in the 1980s, shortly after the death of Dr. Sidney Garfield. To mark the mid-point in this new series of in-depth interviews, the Regional Oral History Office will host a panel discussion, "Managed Care in the 1990s: Politics, Policy, and Oral History Perspectives," that will explore what these interviews have to say about Kaiser Permanente in the changing structure of health care delivery of the 1990s. Panelists will comment on the work done in this series and its relevance to the most important questions currently confronting scholars of the development of health care in the United States.
Professor Alain Enthoven, Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Professor James Robinson, Kaiser Permanente Distinguished Professor of Health Economics, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
Martin Meeker, Ph.D., Academic Specialist, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
- 3 February 2009: ROHO is pleased to announce our 2009 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute will take place August 10 - 14, 2009. The 2009 Institute is now full. Applications no longer accepted. Thank you for your interest.
- 10 December 2008: Newly available in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement collection are three oral histories in a project on Social and Political Advocacy in the Epilepsy Community: Congressman Tony Coelho, sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Parent Advocate Susan Axelrod, founder of CURE; and Elizabeth Borda Rivera, director of the Epilepsy Foundation’s Women and Epilepsy Initiative. Also added to the collection is an in-depth oral history with historian Paul Longmore discussing the development of disability scholarship and activism on disability issues over thirty years. Four interviews—with June Kailes, Joanne Juarugei, Maureen Fitzgerald, and Megan Kirshbaum—chronicle pioneering independent living programs in Los Angeles and Berkeley. Interviews with John Kelly and Alana Thierault focus on equal access and independent living resources over the past two decades. Interviews with Russ Bohlke and Sam Dardick give a picture of attending UC Berkeley with a significant disability before the genesis of the independent living movement at Berkeley in the 1960s. These oral histories were made possible with funding from DBTAC-Pacific ADA Center, a Mary Elizabeth Rennie grant from UC Berkeley Committee on Research, and a generous gift from Professor Ray Lifchez.
- 17 November 2008: University of California basketball coaching legend Pete Newell passed away today at the age of 93. Read his oral history, UC Berkeley Athletics and a Life in Basketball: Coaching Collegiate and Olympic Champions; Managing, Teaching, and Consulting in the NBA.
- 16 October 2008: New to the University History Series: An Interview with Leon Wofsy, Professor Emeritus in Immunology and Political Activist. Dr. Wofsy began his tenure at Berkeley in the fateful year of 1964. Topics include Communist Party, microbiology and immunology, Free Speech Movement, anti-Vietnam War Movement, and challenges to the University.
- 14 October 2008: ROHO is pleased to launch the Doctor Atomic Oral History Project website.
- 7 October 2008: The Regional Oral History Office is pleased to announce the website launch of the Oakland Army Base Oral History Project, a collaboration with the Port of
Oakland and the City of Oakland.
- 11 August 2008: Seeking narrators for the Oakland Army Base Oral History Project.
- ROHO is on the move this fall, returning to the newly retrofitted Doe Annex with the rest of The Bancroft Library.
- 15 May 2008: ROHO is pleased to announce the oral histories of Theodore B. Lee and Doris Shoong Lee.
- There will be no Summer Institute in 2008, but ROHO has exciting plans for the coming academic
year, including a symposium and workshops... more info
- 20 February 2008: Howard Schachman transcript announced: UC Berkeley Professor of Molecular Biology:
On the Loyalty Oath Controversy, The Free Speech Movement,
and Freedom in Scientific Research.
- 1 November 2007: ROHO presents John A. De Luca, Ph.D.: President and CEO of the Wine Institute, 1975-2003, Executive Vice Chairman of the Wine Institute, 2003-2008. This interactive online transcript features audio and video excerpts, as well as links to many referenced Wine History ROHO transcripts.View John De Luca's remarks at the presentation of his oral history and browse additional Wine Industry ROHO transcripts.
- 24 October 2007: Join ROHO at the 2007 Annual Oral History Association Conference, "The Revolutionary Ideal: Transforming Community Through Oral History" October 24-28, Oakland Marriott Hotel.
On Wednesday October 24, ROHO will sponsor a reception and panel discussion
at the Oakland Museum of California, 1100 Oak Street.
Reception 5:30-6:30 followed by Panel Discussion 6:45-8:45.
Hope to see you there!
Former attendees of ROHO's Advanced Oral History Summer Institute please check in with us so we can
schedule a reunion.
Congratulations to our colleagues, program co-chairs Norma Smith and Horacio Roque Ramírez for a wonderful conference.
- 21 October 2007: Starting from his interviews in the Rosie the Riveter World War II American Homefront Project, former ROHO Interviewer David Washburn's documentary film Broadcast Cowboy screens at the Oakland International Film Festival.
- 14 October 2007: Memorial celebration for Professor Norman Jacobson, Political Science, UCB. Professor Jacobson was interviewed in his office in Barrows Hall in 1999 about his role in the Free Speech Movement. This oral history transcript was reviewed and approved by Professor Jacobson and is part of a larger project on the history of the Free Speech Movement.
- 2 July 2007: ROHO launches Survival: Lives of Hungarians under Communist and Capitalist Governments 1956-2006 oral history website with fifteen online and nineteen total oral history transcripts.
- 3 May 2007: ROHO announces oral history with Ernest S. Kuh: Innovator in Circuit Theory and Computer Aided Design; Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences...
- 8 March 2007: ROHO launches Kaiser Permanente 1970 - Present website! The first thirteen interview transcripts from the new Kaiser Permanente oral history
project are released and available for research.
- 7 March 2007: Remembering Ernest Gallo, 1909-2007. Read the ROHO oral history: Ernest Gallo, The E. and J. Gallo Winery.
- 5 March 2007: The annual Advanced Oral History Summer Institute is taking a
hiatus in 2007. Look here in the coming months for an announcement about an exciting new initiative that promises to push the boundaries of oral and public
- 21 November 2006: ROHO is pleased to announce the launch of the Artists with Disabilities Oral History Project website.
- 1 November 2006: ROHO hosts the Working Group in Memory and Narrative's 2006 Annual Conference "Diversity" in an International Context.
- Spring 2004: ROHO Spring 2004 Newsletter
- Fall 2004: ROHO Fall 2004 Newsletter