UWOHP and Outreach

Dow protesters gathered in the Commerce Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, #x25-3622


The UW Oral History Project uses OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) to provide online access to selected oral history interviews. OHMS is a web application that was created by The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky. It allows searchable indexes to be linked via time code to the recording, which allows listeners to easily find specific parts of interviews.

Since November 1st, 2016, the UWOHP has uploaded over 140 interviews using OHMS and is working on making even more interviews available on the internet.

For examples of UWOHP interviews that use OHMS, see our Dow 50 project page or our Capitol Protests 2011 page. While a few of the interviews documenting the 2011 Capitol Protests are in minds@UW, UW-Madison’s digital repository, most are available through OHMS.

The Oral History Review

Distinguished Oral Historian Troy Reeves, was the managing editor of the Oral History Review, the U.S. journal of record for the theory and practice of oral history and related fields, from 2012-2017.

A previous issue of the Oral History ReviewListening to and Learning from LGBTQ Lives, which “seeks to examine and deepen historical and contemporary perspectives on the importance of the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people,” was featured in the Summer 2016 edition of Feminist Collections. It includes the article “‘In People’s Faces for Lesbian and Gay Rights’: Stories of Activism in Madison, Wisconsin, 1970 to 1990.” For more about the oral history and archival project that underpins this piece, see Madison’s LGBTQ Community.

During his tenure Reeves oversaw the creation of two virtual issues. They were created by then OHR Social Media Coordinator Andrew Shaffer. This effort included compiling one to celebrate the Oral History Association’s fiftieth anniversary in 2016. That issue brought together fifteen articles, all previously published in the Review, that probe the nature and value of oral history.

Current Oral History Review blog posts can be found here. Posts from 2012-2017 are listed here.