Campus: CSU Fullerton -- February 12, 2003
A Celebration of Historic Proportions Is Planned
Cal State Fullerton has recorded the region's oral history for the past
35 years. The university will mark this milestone Friday, Feb. 14, with
a grand opening of the Center for Oral and Public History, formerly
known as the Center for Oral History.
The event is from 2-5 p.m. in Room 360 of the Pollak Library.
Introductory remarks and a historical perspective will be presented
at 3 p.m. by Arthur Hansen, center director and professor of history.
Cal State Fullerton graduates Stephanie George and Sharon Owen will
address the center's future directions.
Attendees can tour the center, view the award-winning publication "Song
of Anger- Tales of Tule Lake" and see the unveiling of the newest
book in the Michi Nishiura and Walter Weglyn Multicultural Publication
Series, Behind the Orange Curtain: Religious Pluralism in a Southern
The center's mission is two-fold: "With respect to oral history,
it is to develop, archive and make available to the public significant
oral documentation pertaining to the personal, regional, ethnic, political
and international histories that link Southern California to a globalized
world," said Hansen.
The center is expanding its activities on campus "in correlation
with the perceived needs within the Orange County region," noted
Hansen. These include historical editing, archives and record management,
family/community studies, documentary film production, policy analysis
andhigh technology media.
The center is rooted in the CSUF Oral History Program, which was founded
in 1968 as California's fourth university-based oral history program.
"It began under the joint aegis of the History Department and the
library's Department of Special Collections, but since 1973 has been
operated exclusively by the History Department, with support from the
College of Humanities and Social Sciences," said Hansen.
The center houses more than 3,000 tape-recorded interviews, many of
which have been transcribed edited, indexed and bound as individual
library volumes or complied into published anthologies. All of the material
is available to the public and has been widely utilized in theses, books,
films and other formats. The center's resources are detailed in a printed
catalog that will be available online in the future.
Noted publications produced by the Oral History Program include "Harvest
of Hate," about the Japanese internment camps, and "The Young
Nixon," a sampling of 200 oral history interviews about Richard
Nixon's pre-political years that was widely reviewed in both commercial
and academic presses and made the university a repository for Nixon
Additional information about the center's history and current projects
is available at: http://coph.fullerton.edu.
Media Contacts: Arthur Hansen, at (714) 278-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Frazee, at (714) 278-2491 or email@example.com
Susan Katsaros of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4854 or firstname.lastname@example.org