Oral History

The Oral History Program supports ASC projects whenever possible, interviewing individuals with specific memories, stories, and information about archaeological sites, historical events, and other cultural resources. Oral histories have been incorporated into a variety of archaeological projects ranging from gold mining history at Empire Mine to the garment industry in San Francisco Chinatown to early pioneers in the Sacramento Valley. The Oral History Program is also involved in oral history-specific projects. Recent examples include an oral history project funded by Caltrans to interview Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria elders, a California Humanities grant to interview Japanese-American flower growers of the East Bay, and interviews with WWII Japanese-American internment camp survivors funded by private donations.

Filmed oral history taking place in interview subject's home