Primary Source: A Collection of Oral Histories

by Glennis Kathleen Lofland

Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Year: 2016
Keywords: Thesis (M.F.A.)  – Writing; Savannah College of Art and Design  – Department of Writing
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2078904
Full text PDF: http://ecollections.scad.edu/iii/cpro/DigitalItemViewPage.external?sp=1003290


'The Internet, digital and social media give us a proclivity toward living completely in the present. Yet, those same devices can be used to capture the voices of those who have lived through the events we learn in history class and to present those histories in a way that is compelling and accessible. This thesis is the groundwork for a long-term storytelling project that will ultimately feature hundreds of voices on a web-based platform. The oral histories presented here are two- to three-minute segments cut from longer interviews with five individuals. The purpose is to focus on the story being told, and the oral histories capture the voices of people who have lived through historically significant time periods. How the material is meant to be experienced on a web platform is also presented. Each can stand alone as its own individual story, but together they will ultimately reveal the threads that make up the fabric of history.' Keywords: oral history, digital storytelling Includes appendices showing the author's process for 'Frenchie' interview; transcript of recorded interview with author's handwritten notes; and images and mock-ups. Advisors/Committee Members: CHAIR: Sanders, Darby, Ramsdell, Catherine, Iredell, Jamie.