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 2005 Pauline Pham was interviewed for our Asian American Women Oral History project. Pham was one of many...
05/07/2021

On this day in 2005 Pauline Pham was interviewed for our Asian American Women Oral History project. Pham was one of many thousands of refugees who left Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975. She recalled how the war changed her life; described the living conditions on the boat and in the refugee camp in Thailand; and talked about reuniting with her parents in the US, and the struggles she faced living in a different country.

05/06/2021

On this day in 2017 Nyallah Noah was interviewed for our Women, Politics, and Activism project. She talked about her involvement as a labor activist and member of the BLM Los Angeles chapter; discussed her experiences with law enforcement in Los Angeles; and described how activism has affected her life and personal growth.
See our finding aid to review oral histories in this collection:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/FINDING%20AID_WPA.pdf

On this day in 2005 Minda Zamzam was interviewed for our Asian American Women oral history project. She detailed her arr...
05/05/2021

On this day in 2005 Minda Zamzam was interviewed for our Asian American Women oral history project. She detailed her arrival in the US in 1972, as a 22 year old from the Philippines, and discussed religious and cultural differences; difficulty with language; and experiences with discrimination. #AAPIHM

On this day in 2005 Minda Zamzam was interviewed for our Asian American Women oral history project. She detailed her arrival in the US in 1972, as a 22 year old from the Philippines, and discussed religious and cultural differences; difficulty with language; and experiences with discrimination. #AAPIHM

In May of 2005, students in Dr. Cathy Irwin's Asian American Women's Experience class at CSUF conducted oral histories t...
05/04/2021

In May of 2005, students in Dr. Cathy Irwin's Asian American Women's Experience class at CSUF conducted oral histories to gather information on the lives of immigrant women. Vanessa Roan, shown here, shared her experience moving from Taiwan to the US, and discussed the hardships and challenges she faced during her first few years in the US. #AAPIHM

On this day in 1970, Richard Nixon's aunt, Edith Milhous Timberlake, was interviewed for our Nixon oral history project,...
04/30/2021

On this day in 1970, Richard Nixon's aunt, Edith Milhous Timberlake, was interviewed for our Nixon oral history project, which focuses on the President's early life.
Edith talked about her family life and siblings (shown here); moving from Indiana to Whittier, CA in 1897; and her sister Hannah's marriage to Frank Nixon, parents of Richard Nixon.

View the finding aid for this collection on our website:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/OHP_029_Nixon_Finding%20Aid_IP.pdf

On this day in 1970, Richard Nixon's aunt, Edith Milhous Timberlake, was interviewed for our Nixon oral history project, which focuses on the President's early life.
Edith talked about her family life and siblings (shown here); moving from Indiana to Whittier, CA in 1897; and her sister Hannah's marriage to Frank Nixon, parents of Richard Nixon.

View the finding aid for this collection on our website:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/OHP_029_Nixon_Finding%20Aid_IP.pdf

On this day in 1990 Marjorie Dresbach (second from left) was interviewed for our Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) or...
04/28/2021

On this day in 1990 Marjorie Dresbach (second from left) was interviewed for our Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) oral history project. Dresbach shared how her love of flying began after a ride in a dirigible; discussed her training at Avenger Field, in Texas; and talked about her duties and military life at Spence Field, in Georgia.
View the finding aid for this collection on our website:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Finding_Aid_WASP.pdf

On this day in 1990 Marjorie Dresbach (second from left) was interviewed for our Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) oral history project. Dresbach shared how her love of flying began after a ride in a dirigible; discussed her training at Avenger Field, in Texas; and talked about her duties and military life at Spence Field, in Georgia.
View the finding aid for this collection on our website:
http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/Finding_Aid_WASP.pdf

On this day in 1971 Albert Walter was interviewed for our Orange Community oral history project. Born in 1899, Walter ta...
04/27/2021

On this day in 1971 Albert Walter was interviewed for our Orange Community oral history project. Born in 1899, Walter talked about settling in Orange County, before first working in orange packing, and later as a federal trapper for the local sheep farming industry.
Photo of Walter with his dog, Ivan and one day's catch of four bobcats and 12 coyotes, circa 1942

On this day in 1971 Albert Walter was interviewed for our Orange Community oral history project. Born in 1899, Walter talked about settling in Orange County, before first working in orange packing, and later as a federal trapper for the local sheep farming industry.
Photo of Walter with his dog, Ivan and one day's catch of four bobcats and 12 coyotes, circa 1942

On this day in 1954 polio vaccine trials began. Beverly Chandler Walter shared her experience with polio in her 1978 ora...
04/26/2021

On this day in 1954 polio vaccine trials began.
Beverly Chandler Walter shared her experience with polio in her 1978 oral history:
"It was 1939 and they said I had contracted polio... I became really ill and my left leg shriveled...And the Health Department quarantined the place and they said I had what was then infantile paralysis. I was the first case in Orange County."

From our Personal and Family oral history collection. View the finding aid online:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/OHP_77_Finding%20Aid_Personal%20and%20Family_updated.pdf

On this day in 1954 polio vaccine trials began.
Beverly Chandler Walter shared her experience with polio in her 1978 oral history:
"It was 1939 and they said I had contracted polio... I became really ill and my left leg shriveled...And the Health Department quarantined the place and they said I had what was then infantile paralysis. I was the first case in Orange County."

From our Personal and Family oral history collection. View the finding aid online:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/OHP_77_Finding%20Aid_Personal%20and%20Family_updated.pdf

"A Different Shade of Orange: Voices of Orange County, California, Black Pioneers” collected testimonials from Cal State...
04/22/2021
Column: Bob Johnson, Orange County civil rights pioneer, dies at 88

"A Different Shade of Orange: Voices of Orange County, California, Black Pioneers” collected testimonials from Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History and was the first tome of its kind. It was a bold move to highlight stories of Black people in a region that remains the only major metropolitan area in the United States with a Black population of less than 5% — an abysmal 2.1%, per 2019 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau."

Mourning the loss of Bob Johnson, co-editor of "A Different Shade of Orange."

He called me about once a month, showed up to my office every couple of months and emailed me constantly as he slowly revealed the racist core of my homeland like a Gnostic teacher training an apprentice.

Check out our interviews with environmental activists in our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project! http://...
04/22/2021

Check out our interviews with environmental activists in our Women, Politics, and Activism oral history project!
http://fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/

#EarthDay2021

Celebrating #EarthDay with environmental activist and former LA City Councilwoman, Ruth Galanter. In her 2016 oral history Galanter talks about supporting the low-flow toilet ordinance and a city-wide recycling program, and discussed working on Venice Canal improvements and the Playa Vista/Ballona Wetland project.
Listen to the interview online: http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/52

Photo: Dr. Natalie Fousekis interviewing Ruth Galanter in her home in Venice, CA. Photo by Kira Gentry.

On this day in 2011 Wouter van de Bunt was interviewed for our From Hitler’s Europe to the Golden State oral history pro...
04/21/2021

On this day in 2011 Wouter van de Bunt was interviewed for our From Hitler’s Europe to the Golden State oral history project. A retired airline exec, van de Bunt talks about experiencing the invasion and occupation of the Netherlands in WWII, his involvement in the resistance, and living conditions in occupied Holland. Later, he shares his experience living in Southern California.
View the finding aid for this collection here:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/From%20Hitlers%20Europe%20to%20the%20Golden%20State%20Finding%20Aid.pdf

Photo: The city of Rotterdam after the German bombing during the German invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940.

On this day in 2011 Wouter van de Bunt was interviewed for our From Hitler’s Europe to the Golden State oral history project. A retired airline exec, van de Bunt talks about experiencing the invasion and occupation of the Netherlands in WWII, his involvement in the resistance, and living conditions in occupied Holland. Later, he shares his experience living in Southern California.
View the finding aid for this collection here:http://coph.fullerton.edu/collections/From%20Hitlers%20Europe%20to%20the%20Golden%20State%20Finding%20Aid.pdf

Photo: The city of Rotterdam after the German bombing during the German invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940.

Remember to check out episode 19 of Outspoken! Hear CSU Fullerton Department of History grad students, Luca Azuma, Ferna...
04/20/2021
Mapping Confederate Monuments

Remember to check out episode 19 of Outspoken! Hear CSU Fullerton Department of History grad students, Luca Azuma, Fernando Lopez, and Mel Vigil talk about building a digital archive to examine the creation, history, and current status of 40 Confederate monuments.
View the archive: https://demo4hist402a2020fall.omeka.net/
Listen to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/coph-csuf/episode-19-mapping-confederate-monuments

Mapping Confederate Monuments is an Omeka-based archive created by students in Dr. Benjamin Cawthra’s Fall 2020 Introduction to Public History class at California State University, Fullerton. Colleen Greene, Digital Literacy Librarian, provided instruction and site management for the project.

In our latest episode of Outspoken, we hear a clip from Regine Smith's oral history in our Out of the Archives segment. ...
04/15/2021

In our latest episode of Outspoken, we hear a clip from Regine Smith's oral history in our Out of the Archives segment. Smith was interviewed by CSUF student Humberto Mendez Valadez last fall for Dr. Natalie Fousekis's Oral History course.
Listen to the full podcast: https://soundcloud.com/coph-csuf/episode-19-mapping-confederate-monuments

In our latest episode of Outspoken, we hear a clip from Regine Smith's oral history in our Out of the Archives segment. Smith was interviewed by CSUF student Humberto Mendez Valadez last fall for Dr. Natalie Fousekis's Oral History course.
Listen to the full podcast: https://soundcloud.com/coph-csuf/episode-19-mapping-confederate-monuments

The Jefferson Davis Monument in Fairview, KY memorializes the birthplace of the first and only president of the Confeder...
04/14/2021

The Jefferson Davis Monument in Fairview, KY memorializes the birthplace of the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. Completed in 1924, its construction coincided with that of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, which was completed in 1922.
Hear CSUF history grad students talk about their work on the Mapping Confederate Monuments project on the latest episode of our podcast, Outspoken: https://bit.ly/3abcsrQ
And view the digital archive here: https://demo4hist402a2020fall.omeka.net/

04/12/2021

In our latest episode of Outspoken archivist Natalie Garcia presents clips from COPH's oral history collections in her Out of the Archives segment. Here, photographer Matt Gush shares his thoughts on first seeing the video of George Floyd's death, and later talks about his experience documenting the protests that occurred in Los Angeles that summer.
Listen to the full podcast here:
https://soundcloud.com/coph-csuf/episode-19-mapping-confederate-monuments

Photo by Matt Gush, 2020.

Built in 1940, Edmund Pettus Bridge was named for a former Confederate general, US senator, and Grand Dragon of the Alab...
04/09/2021

Built in 1940, Edmund Pettus Bridge was named for a former Confederate general, US senator, and Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. Although named after a Confederate, in 1965 the bridge became associated with the Selma to Montgomery march, led by future US senator and civil rights activist, John Lewis. There is currently a fight to rename it the John Lewis Bridge.
Hear more about the Mapping Confederate Monuments project on the latest episode of our podcast, Outspoken.
https://soundcloud.com/coph-csuf/episode-19-mapping-confederate-monuments

In the latest episode of Outspoken, CSUF history grad students talk about their work mapping and researching the creatio...
04/08/2021
Stone Mountain: The World's Largest Confederate Monument · Mapping Confederate Monuments

In the latest episode of Outspoken, CSUF history grad students talk about their work mapping and researching the creation, history, and current status of sites like Stone Mountain, the world's largest Confederate monument.
The figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson were carved into the mountain at 90 x 190 feet tall. It took 56 years to complete, from its initial planning in 1915 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to its completion in 1972. In the years of its construction, the memorial became a site of contention due to the Ku Klux Klan's involvement in the project.

View their research here: https://bit.ly/3wHG2i0
Listen to the Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/coph-csuf/episode-19-mapping-confederate-monuments

Mapping Confederate Monuments is an Omeka-based archive created by students in Dr. Benjamin Cawthra’s Fall 2020 Introduction to Public History class at California State University, Fullerton. Colleen Greene, Digital Literacy Librarian, provided instruction and site management for the project.

COPH mourns the loss of Jack Bedell, who passed away on April 7. Bedell served CSUF for 40+ years as a professor of soci...
04/08/2021
In Memoriam: John (Jack) Bedell | CSUF News

COPH mourns the loss of Jack Bedell, who passed away on April 7. Bedell served CSUF for 40+ years as a professor of sociology and as chair of three departments. He was interviewed for our HSS oral history project in 2018.
“CSUF allowed me to be empathetic, and to me that’s the most salient human characteristic. I think that’s what sucks in our country today, on both sides, is the institutionalized lack of empathy. And nobody is on the side of the angels on this one. I think those experiences within CSUF help to make you empathetic. "

“We have a long history of valuing teachers and professors in the classroom and a growing tradition of emphasizing the relationship between teaching and

In episode 19 of Outspoken, Dr. Cawthra talks with CSU Fullerton Department of History grad students, Luca Azuma, Fernan...
04/07/2021

In episode 19 of Outspoken, Dr. Cawthra talks with CSU Fullerton Department of History grad students, Luca Azuma, Fernando Lopez, and Mel Vigil about their work on Mapping Confederate Monuments, a digital archive examining the creation, history, and current status of 40 Confederate monuments.
Later, in our Out of the Archives segment, archivist Natalie Garcia presents oral history clips from interviews with Judge Loren Miller, Melina Abdullah, Regine Smith, and Matt Gush.
Listen here:
https://soundcloud.com/coph-csuf/episode-19-mapping-confederate-monuments

"...the problem was that we didn’t have power where the decisions were being made, certainly not equal power.  And so, w...
04/06/2021

"...the problem was that we didn’t have power where the decisions were being made, certainly not equal power. And so, we wanted to focus more on those kinds of things."
-Kathy Spillar talks about the founding of the Feminist Majority Foundation in her 2017 oral history interview.
Listen online:
http://www.fullerton.edu/wpaarchives/narrators/index.php/133

“It was very well organized you know.  And people were just jumping out of their sockets to help...And uh, it was a stra...
03/31/2021

“It was very well organized you know. And people were just jumping out of their sockets to help...And uh, it was a strategy more than anything else…Cesar was very sharp when it came to strategy…And he thought that if we did this march to Sacramento it would get national attention, which it did, you know?”
–Richard Chavez, in his 2010 oral history, talks about the farmworkers’ march from Delano to Sacramento.

#CesarChavezDay

“It was very well organized you know. And people were just jumping out of their sockets to help...And uh, it was a strategy more than anything else…Cesar was very sharp when it came to strategy…And he thought that if we did this march to Sacramento it would get national attention, which it did, you know?”
–Richard Chavez, in his 2010 oral history, talks about the farmworkers’ march from Delano to Sacramento.

#CesarChavezDay

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