Thursday, December 14, 2006

Oral history, in pictures

It's been busy morning here in terms of in-house patrons, but between human-human interactions I've snuck in a little time for human-computer interactions. Working through the medium of electricity, I've managed to load into the Digital Resources Library several photographs of recent oral history interviewees, thus giving faces to the disembodied voices in the recordings.

It was just in 2004, when we began our closer collaboration with the history of medicine in Oregon project (sponsored by the Oregon Medical Education Foundation, with support from the Oregon Medical Association, The Foundation for Medical Excellence, OHSU and the Oregon Historical Society), that we started taking digital photographs of interviewees at the time of the interview. In the DRL, you'll see pictures of interviewees from both projects, since we're now acting as a secondary repository for the OMEF project.

While we do have a complete list of interviewees in the OHSU Oral History Project online, as well as indexes for all the completed transcripts, we have not yet embarked on our plan to place full transcripts and audio clips online as well. It's definitely a long-term goal, so stay tuned!

I have also added today some information to one of the photographs of Esther Pohl Lovejoy previously loaded into the DRL. Our Lovejoy expert, Dr. Kimberly Jensen, let us know that the man in the photograph (not identified on the print itself) is Francis Xavier Mattieu, one of the "octagenarians for sufferage" that were recruited during the women's campaign. An earlier theory that the man was in fact Esther's father Edward Clayson was discredited by Jensen, who reports that Esther and her father were very much estranged during the last years of his life.

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