Category: Oral History

Preserve Those Voices

Bob Fass at WBAI in the 1960s, courtesy of Lost Footage Films via Columbia University
So much corporate history and cultural history resides in oral history. To that end, I was delighted to learn that Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is archiving 10,000 hours from “Radio Unnameable.” This program by Bob Fass on New York City FM station WBAI was[...]
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“Hidden Figures” as a Workplace Drama

The real Katherine Johnson of "Hidden Figures" at work in 1966. Photo courtesy of NASA.
If you were as wowed by the film and book Hidden Figures as I was, you probably want to read/see it again. Next time around, I plan to focus on the workplace aspect, which director Theodore Melfi brilliantly highlights in the movie. Amid a sea of white[...]
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Tours: Walk Your Corporate History

Brown Palace photo (C) 2007 by Patrick Charles via Wikimedia
Have you discovered the power and possible profit of walking your history? Denver’s Brown Palace, for example – “Open every day since August 12, 1892,” as its About Us page says – offers guided walking tours on the hotel’s ghosts, architecture, presidential visits, and famous lady guests.[...]
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Oral history: real-time 9/11 radio coverage

2016 photo courtesy of National September 11 Memorial & Museum (
CBS New York has posted “Day 1 of 9/11 as heard on 1010WINS and CBS880,” sound files of 9/11 news reports as they unfolded on the city’s two all-news radio stations, at this web link. What an incredible oral history to hear the real-time coverage again, 15[...]
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