A Great Lakes Colleges Association initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Pop Up Archive features OHLA on their website

The Oral History in the Liberal Arts initiative aims to be a hub of oral history fieldwork resources. We encourage faculty and students to explore a variety of tools from the digital world to facilitate their projects. One of these online resources is Pop Up Archive, a valuable tool for synthesizing audio material. Pop Up Archive recenty featured OHLA’s co-director Brooke Bryan to see how she uses the tool to facilitate working with narrative data in her own oral history and in support of other faculty’s collections. Check out the piece here, and read a short excerpt below:

“Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA) is taking undergrads out of the classroom to learn from people in the community and document their stories in engaging and shareable media projects.
The project, recently launched by the Great Lakes College Association, is developing interdisciplinary curricula and toolkits to facilitate community-based student research and digital storytelling — and relies on Pop Up Archive to simplify its workflow and facilitate collaboration.

Using Pop Up Archive’s transcription, time-stamping, and indexing features, OHLA is able to map out and parse their audio files. Pairing Pop Up Archive with a podcast hosting app called
Podigee, OHLA segments its long-form interviews into tagged audio chapters and directs listeners to particular topics of interest.”
-Pop Up Archive, July 12, 2016


“A tool for teaching students to make oral histories heard.” Pop Up Archive, 12 Jul. 2016, Accessed 13 Dec. 2016.

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Ella Arnold is part of the class of 2018 at Antioch College, and worked as the Digital Archives Coordinator for OHLA. She is interested in pursuing oral history as a career, and has worked with digital archiving in the past, providing transcripts for bilingual interviews at her local radio station, WYSO. Her interests in history include women's history and immigration history in the US.

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