Center for Oral & Public History, CSUF

Center for Oral & Public History, CSUF Established in 1968, the Center for Oral and Public History is primarily a teaching, training, research, publication, and public service operation located at CSU Fullerton.
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Its archives hold over 6,000 oral histories.

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On this day in 1978 Carroll Beek was interviewed for our Newport Beach Community Oral History project. She commented on ...
06/28/2021

On this day in 1978 Carroll Beek was interviewed for our Newport Beach Community Oral History project. She commented on the development and future of Newport Beach and Balboa Island, and discussed her husband business: Joseph Beek's Ferry Service.

See the finding aid for this collection on our website:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Newport%20Beach%20Community%20History.pdf

On this day in 1978 Carroll Beek was interviewed for our Newport Beach Community Oral History project. She commented on the development and future of Newport Beach and Balboa Island, and discussed her husband business: Joseph Beek's Ferry Service.

See the finding aid for this collection on our website:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Newport%20Beach%20Community%20History.pdf

On this day in 2009 Thomas Spry was interviewed for our El Toro MCAS oral history project. Spry detailed his military ca...
06/25/2021

On this day in 2009 Thomas Spry was interviewed for our El Toro MCAS oral history project. Spry detailed his military career: attending boot camp in 1942 before going to the Pacific Theater of WWII; coming to El Toro in 1965; fighting in the Vietnam War; and finally retiring in 1969.
Photos: Thomas Spry during Boot Camp in 1942 and Thomas Spry (far right) on his retirement, at MCAS El Toro in 1968.

For more on the El Toro collection see our finding aid online:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Finding%20Aid_El%20Toro.pdf

On this day in 2005 Luis Garcia was interviewed for our Placentia Packinghouses oral history project. Garcia talked abou...
06/24/2021

On this day in 2005 Luis Garcia was interviewed for our Placentia Packinghouses oral history project. Garcia talked about his father's job with Placentia Mutual Orange Association; his own time picking oranges and lemons as a child; and provided an overall description of 1950s life in Placentia.

On this day in 2005 Luis Garcia was interviewed for our Placentia Packinghouses oral history project. Garcia talked about his father's job with Placentia Mutual Orange Association; his own time picking oranges and lemons as a child; and provided an overall description of 1950s life in Placentia.

On this day in 2014 Marie Louise Gericke was interviewed for our "From Hitler's Europe to the Golden State" oral history...
06/23/2021

On this day in 2014 Marie Louise Gericke was interviewed for our "From Hitler's Europe to the Golden State" oral history project. She talked about living in Germany during WWII; shared memories of Kristallnacht and the Battle of Berlin; and discussed her emigration to the US in the 1950s, where she worked for the German Consulate and the German Information Center.

On this day in 2014 Marie Louise Gericke was interviewed for our "From Hitler's Europe to the Golden State" oral history project. She talked about living in Germany during WWII; shared memories of Kristallnacht and the Battle of Berlin; and discussed her emigration to the US in the 1950s, where she worked for the German Consulate and the German Information Center.

06/22/2021

On this day in 2016 Sandra Sewell was interviewed for our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project, and shared details of her longtime work with Centre de Ninos, a non-profit bilingual-bicultural children's center in LA.
Sewell passed away earlier this year at the age of 73.
Listen to the full interview on our website:
http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/47

"My aunt had been married to a man who was over a hundred years old when I was 13...He had been a little child as a slav...
06/19/2021

"My aunt had been married to a man who was over a hundred years old when I was 13...He had been a little child as a slave, but when he was free and he became older, he became a Pullman on the railroad and had an arranged marriage. And, you know, they had really, really, really hard lives. So, that’s the context in which I was raised and taught how to stand up for oneself and to stand up for other people and to understand how to fight for peace and how to really push for understanding and tolerance, even though it’s difficult and challenging."

Jan Perry, Former LA City Councilwoman. From her 2016 interview for our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project.

Listen to the full interview: http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/58

"My aunt had been married to a man who was over a hundred years old when I was 13...He had been a little child as a slave, but when he was free and he became older, he became a Pullman on the railroad and had an arranged marriage. And, you know, they had really, really, really hard lives. So, that’s the context in which I was raised and taught how to stand up for oneself and to stand up for other people and to understand how to fight for peace and how to really push for understanding and tolerance, even though it’s difficult and challenging."

Jan Perry, Former LA City Councilwoman. From her 2016 interview for our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project.

Listen to the full interview: http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/58

On this day in 2000 Mary Kimoto Tomita was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project. On December 7, 19...
06/18/2021

On this day in 2000 Mary Kimoto Tomita was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project.
On December 7, 1941 Tomita was on her way home from Japan to California when the attack on Pearl Harbor forced her ship back, leaving her trapped in Japan for the duration of WWII. She details this experience in her book, "Dear Miye."

Listen to her oral history on CSUJAD.com:
http://digitalcollections.archives.csudh.edu/digital/collection/p16855coll4/id/38231/rec/2

06/17/2021

On this day in 2017, former LA City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski was interviewed for our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project. She talked about her early political involvement; her passion for city planning and development; and described the gender discrimination women face as elected officials.
Listen to the full interview online:
http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/53

On this day in 2018 CSU Fullerton Department of History graduate, Helen Yoshida interviewed Larry Oda for her WWII Depar...
06/15/2021

On this day in 2018 CSU Fullerton Department of History graduate, Helen Yoshida interviewed Larry Oda for her WWII Department of Justice Camps Oral History Project. Oda described his parents' camp experience–at Santa Fe DOJ camp and Poston WRA camp; talked about his birth at the Crystal City DOJ camp in 1945; and shared details of his family history in the canning industry in Monterey, California.

Photos:
1) Larry Oda in front of a map of the War Relocation Authority incarceration camps at the Monterey JACL Hall’s museum, Monterey, CA.
2) Helen Yoshida and Larry Oda at the Monterey JACL Hall, Monterey, CA
3) Oda Family Portrait, with Larry Oda as a baby, Circa 1940s
4) Sea Pride Packing Corporation Bridge, Circa 1920s-1930s

On this day in 1940 Paris fell to N**i Germany as troops entered and occupied the city. COPH has several WWII collection...
06/14/2021

On this day in 1940 Paris fell to N**i Germany as troops entered and occupied the city.
COPH has several WWII collections. Check out the "From Hitler's Europe to the Golden State" collection for oral histories from people who experienced the occupation firsthand:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/From%20Hitlers%20Europe%20to%20the%20Golden%20State%20Finding%20Aid.pdf

On this day in 1940 Paris fell to N**i Germany as troops entered and occupied the city.
COPH has several WWII collections. Check out the "From Hitler's Europe to the Golden State" collection for oral histories from people who experienced the occupation firsthand:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/From%20Hitlers%20Europe%20to%20the%20Golden%20State%20Finding%20Aid.pdf

On this day in 1997 Fumiko Hayashida was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project. In 1942 Hayashida w...
06/11/2021

On this day in 1997 Fumiko Hayashida was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project. In 1942 Hayashida was one of the first to be interned at Manzanar, where she gave birth to her third child––the first to be born in the camp.
Listen to her story online: http://digitalcollections.archives.csudh.edu/digital/collection/p16855coll4/id/30969/rec/1

On this day in 1997 Fumiko Hayashida was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project. In 1942 Hayashida was one of the first to be interned at Manzanar, where she gave birth to her third child––the first to be born in the camp.
Listen to her story online: http://digitalcollections.archives.csudh.edu/digital/collection/p16855coll4/id/30969/rec/1

On this day in 2009 Diana Perez was interviewed for our El Toro Marine Corps Air Station Oral History Project. She discu...
06/10/2021

On this day in 2009 Diana Perez was interviewed for our El Toro Marine Corps Air Station Oral History Project. She discussed growing up in a military family; her father, John Collins' (shown here) work as a supply sergeant; women Marines at El Toro; and experiences on the homefront during the Vietnam War.
Check out the finding aid for this collection online:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Finding%20Aid_El%20Toro.pdf

06/09/2021

On this day in 2017 Sharon Quirk-Silva was interviewed for our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project. As a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 65th District, she talked about her public servant work, both on the Assembly and in her former role as Mayor of Fullerton.
Listen to the full interview on our website:
http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/84

06/09/2021

On this day in 2015, Orange County activist, Guadalupe “Tish” Leon was interviewed for our Women, Politics, and Activism Oral History Project. She talked about her work with Latino Health Access (LHA), the Mexican American National Women's Association (MANA); and her involvement with the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission. Listen to the full interview on our website:
http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/6

Remembering William “Bill” W. Haddad, professor emeritus, CSU Fullerton Department of History
06/08/2021
In Memoriam — William (Bill) Haddad | CSUF News

Remembering William “Bill” W. Haddad, professor emeritus, CSU Fullerton Department of History

William "Bill" W. Haddad, professor emeritus of history, died May 27. He was 82. Haddad became a member of the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1987. He

On this day in 2008 OC Fire Authority Battalion Chief, Patrick Antrim, was interviewed for our Santiago Fire oral histor...
06/07/2021

On this day in 2008 OC Fire Authority Battalion Chief, Patrick Antrim, was interviewed for our Santiago Fire oral history project. He described his work as a firefighter, shared his experience of the 2007 Santiago fire, and discussed new weather conditions and the year-round fire season.
This interview is part of our community history collections and is available online:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/2007SantiagoFire/PATRICKANTRIM.php

On this day in 2008 OC Fire Authority Battalion Chief, Patrick Antrim, was interviewed for our Santiago Fire oral history project. He described his work as a firefighter, shared his experience of the 2007 Santiago fire, and discussed new weather conditions and the year-round fire season.
This interview is part of our community history collections and is available online:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/2007SantiagoFire/PATRICKANTRIM.php

June is Pride Month! In 2013 COPH interviewed Orange County Pride board member, Anna Barvir. Barvir talked about her exp...
06/04/2021

June is Pride Month! In 2013 COPH interviewed Orange County Pride board member, Anna Barvir. Barvir talked about her experience as a le***an and discussed her involvement in promoting gay rights with organizations like Gay for Good and the OC Lavender Bar Association.
Check out all the interviews from our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/FINDING%20AID_WPA.pdf

June is Pride Month! In 2013 COPH interviewed Orange County Pride board member, Anna Barvir. Barvir talked about her experience as a le***an and discussed her involvement in promoting gay rights with organizations like Gay for Good and the OC Lavender Bar Association.
Check out all the interviews from our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/FINDING%20AID_WPA.pdf

06/02/2021

On this day in 2015, Genevieve Barrios-Southgate was interviewed for our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project. The current director of community programs at Bowers Museum shared memories of her father's work with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); talked about racial discrimination she faced in high school and in her neighborhood; and discussed how the term Chicana/o has changed.
Listen on our website:
http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/106

COPH was saddened to learn that prominent Orange County activist Genevieve Huizar passed away this weekend. We are so gr...
06/01/2021
Slingshot: Genevieve Huizar, Mother Turned Anti-Police Brutality Activist, Dies

COPH was saddened to learn that prominent Orange County activist Genevieve Huizar passed away this weekend. We are so grateful to have her story in our archives, for others to learn about the impact she made in the fight to end police brutality.
Listen to her oral history online:
http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/8

Genevieve Huizar invited me into her Santa Ana home one day in the aftermath of the Anaheim Riots, a days-long conflagration that erupted in 2012 when a policeman killed her son. Before long, she pointed towards an urn by the television. "That's my son, right there," Huizar told me. I gazed at the c...

COPH is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacri...
05/31/2021

COPH is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service.

COPH is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service.

On this day in 1991 Charlotte Moulton Mathis (at left) was interviewed for our OC Pioneer Council oral history project, ...
05/28/2021

On this day in 1991 Charlotte Moulton Mathis (at left) was interviewed for our OC Pioneer Council oral history project, and described life on her father's 21,000 acre ranch, the 1918 flu epidemic, and the division of the property in 1951.
Check out the finding aid for this collection on our website:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/OC%20Pioneer%20Council%20Finding%20Aid%20Abstracts.pdf
Photos courtesy OC Public Libraries

On this day in 2007 Loretta Petersen was interviewed for our El Toro MCAS oral history project. She talked about her dec...
05/26/2021

On this day in 2007 Loretta Petersen was interviewed for our El Toro MCAS oral history project. She talked about her decision to join the USMC and her discharge after getting pregnant; and reflected on patriotism during WWII, air shows at El Toro, and the closing of the base in 1999.
Photo of Loretta Petersen, 1944

Check out the finding aid for this collection on our website:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Finding%20Aid_El%20Toro.pdf

On this day in 2007 Loretta Petersen was interviewed for our El Toro MCAS oral history project. She talked about her decision to join the USMC and her discharge after getting pregnant; and reflected on patriotism during WWII, air shows at El Toro, and the closing of the base in 1999.
Photo of Loretta Petersen, 1944

Check out the finding aid for this collection on our website:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Finding%20Aid_El%20Toro.pdf

One year ago the murder of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and conversation about race. Students in Dr. Fouseki...
05/25/2021

One year ago the murder of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and conversation about race. Students in Dr. Fousekis's fall 2020 intro to oral history course continued that conversation by interviewing individuals about their experience with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Photos by Matt Gush

Last week COPH director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis and CSU Fullerton Department of History Chair, Dr. Rostam-Kolayi met with ...
05/24/2021

Last week COPH director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis and CSU Fullerton Department of History Chair, Dr. Rostam-Kolayi met with Dr. Lawrence de Graaf, the namesake of our Center, as he toured our new space for the first time! We were truly thrilled to have the opportunity to show him the finished product!

Last week COPH director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis and CSU Fullerton Department of History Chair, Dr. Rostam-Kolayi met with Dr. Lawrence de Graaf, the namesake of our Center, as he toured our new space for the first time! We were truly thrilled to have the opportunity to show him the finished product!

On this day in 1968 Richard Fischle was interviewed for our Anaheim Community Oral History project. Fischle talked about...
05/21/2021

On this day in 1968 Richard Fischle was interviewed for our Anaheim Community Oral History project. Fischle talked about living through the Depression; working for local newspaper, "Anaheim Bulletin"; and the city's boom after Disneyland was built.
See the finding aid for this collection on our website:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Anaheim%20Community%20History%20Project.pdf

On this day in 1968 Richard Fischle was interviewed for our Anaheim Community Oral History project. Fischle talked about living through the Depression; working for local newspaper, "Anaheim Bulletin"; and the city's boom after Disneyland was built.
See the finding aid for this collection on our website:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Anaheim%20Community%20History%20Project.pdf

On this day in 1975 Nisei attorney Frank Chuman was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project. Chuman, ...
05/20/2021

On this day in 1975 Nisei attorney Frank Chuman was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project. Chuman, who was incarcerated at Manzanar and worked as a hospital administrator there, talked about the civil rights cases he was involved with following WWII. #AAPIHM http://digitalcollections.archives.csudh.edu/digital/collection/p16855coll4/id/47946/rec/10

On this day in 1975 Nisei attorney Frank Chuman was interviewed for our Japanese American oral history project. Chuman, who was incarcerated at Manzanar and worked as a hospital administrator there, talked about the civil rights cases he was involved with following WWII. #AAPIHM http://digitalcollections.archives.csudh.edu/digital/collection/p16855coll4/id/47946/rec/10

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