How do I access KSU oral history interviews?
A Guide to the Kennesaw State University Oral History Project
Brief description: The KSU Oral History Project was initiated in 1973 by Dr. Thomas Scott, Professor Emeritus of History at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Scott began the project by conducting oral history interviews focusing on Cobb County. Over the years, the project has grown immensely and now includes nine series:
1) Cobb County Oral History Series, 1973 –
2) Kennesaw College Oral History Series, 1978 – 1985
3) Kennesaw State University Oral History Series, 1986 –
4) Cherokee County Oral History Series, 1992
5) Georgia Government Oral History Series, 1998
6) North Georgia Oral History Series, 1998 – 2000
7) Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series, 2009 – 2010
8) Marietta Housing Authority Series, 2011
9) Southern Polytechnic State University Series, 2014
Interviews may be available in a variety of formats, including sounds and video recordings as well as paper transcripts.
Methods for research: Students desiring to experience KSU’s oral histories have a few different options for access. There are three main ways to access KSU’s oral history interviews:
Method 1: Archon database
What is Archon?
Archon is a database that provides access to finding aids for collections in the KSU Archives. Archon facilitates browsing and searching to help patrons discover archival collections and their contents. The finding aid in Archon for the KSU Oral History Project contains helpful information about the collection, including its arrangement notes, historical/biographical background, scope and content notes, administrative information, subjects represented, and a detailed listing of all interviews collected.
When do I use Archon to access oral history interviews?
Patrons can use Archon when they would like to browse the oral history project holistically, or when they would like to search the collection more specifically, perhaps using a keyword search. The Archon database is especially useful for patrons who have a topic, subject, geographic area, or interviewee in mind but would like more information about to take advantage of the oral history collection as a whole.
How do I search for oral history interviews in Archon?
Step 1: Go to archon.kennesaw.edu
Step 2: Select Collections > K > KSU/45/05/001 Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973– OR type “oral history” into the search box, select Records and Manuscripts, then select Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973 –
Step 3: For contextual information about the project, use the links in red on the left side of the finding, aid and read the Scope and Contents Note located on the right side
Step 4: To view and listen to all digitally accessible interviews, select On-line Images/Records underneath the Scope and Contents Note
Step 5: To view details about all interviews in the collection, such as their available formats, select a series to view under Detailed Description
Step 6: To access interviews that have not been digitized, fill out a Service Request Form on the KSU Archives website (http://archives.kennesaw.edu/about/servreqform.php) to consult an archivist
*Note: Patrons who identify and would like to digitally access oral history interviews that have not yet been digitized should allow two weeks for the material to become available. If patrons must have access to the digitized material earlier, payment may be required. Please be aware that the auditory quality of interviews may vary.
Method 2: SOAR
What is SOAR?
The KSU Archives’ Scholarly Online Access Repository (SOAR) is a digital repository used to ingest, store, preserve, describe, and make accessible both born-digital and digitized materials within the KSU Archives.
When do I use SOAR to access oral history interviews?
Patrons should use SOAR to access digitized interviews only. If a patron knows that a certain interview has been digitized, or if patrons are only interested in interviews that have been digitized, SOAR is the best place to begin searching.
How do I search for oral history interviews in SOAR?
Step 1: Go to https://soar.kennesaw.edu/
Step 2: Select “KSU Collections”
Step 3: Select “KSU Oral History Project”
Step 4: Select a series
*Note: The Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Oral History Series and the Kennesaw State University Oral History Series are digitized entirely. All other collections are selectively digitized.
Method 3: KSU Archives reading room
What (and where) is the KSU Archives reading room?
The KSU Archives reading room is located on the second floor of the Sturgis Library, inside the Archives, Rare Books, and Records Management space (rooms 209-227). The reading room is the area of the Archives where researchers can use archival material and conduct research.
When do I use the reading room to access oral history interviews?
The reading room contains bound transcripts of most oral history interviews. These transcripts are in alphabetical order according to the interviewee’s last name. Patrons should use the reading room if they know the name of the interviewee they are interested in or if they want to browse and read hard copies of interview transcripts.
How do I search for oral history interviews in the Archives reading room?
Interview transcripts are arranged according to the last name of the interviewee.
*Note: Not all oral history interviews have transcripts. Some interviews dealing with interesting subjects such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the history of aircraft manufacturing lack transcripts. Patrons should consult an archivist regarding access to these interviews.
KSU Archives Contact Information
Kennesaw State University Archives
Sturgis Library Building, second floor
385 Cobb Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144