California State University, Long Beach

VOAHA III: Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive


Welcome to the new transitional site for the Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive. After ten years, the hardware and software with which VOAHA was built were no longer viable and VOAHA has migrated to a new architecture. The site looks different and will function differently than VOAHA I and II, but even during this transition period, all materials are available. VOAHA enables you to access the full audio recordings of oral histories that have been deposited in Special Collections of the University Library. You can hear the voice, pitch, and rhythm of the narrations as well as the emotions these convey. You will hear the actual spoken words of oral history narrators, rather than seeing a written version of them in the form of a transcript. The CSULB oral history collections have been assembled from a number of sources and cover topics ranging from women's social history, labor and ethnic studies to Long Beach Area history and the musical developments in Southern California. Some of the interviews in the Asian American, Mexican American and women's history collections were recorded as early as 1972 and include interviews with narrators who were born in the mid to late 19th century. Presently, more than 1000 hours with 350 very diverse narrators are available online.

Communities within VOAHA III: Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive

  • The American Indian Studies program at CSULB, founded in 1969.
  • The interviews included in this Collection are limited to those independently collected by the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
  • The four series in this collection focus on the lives and activities of workers in five industries, and cover the period from the 1920s and 1930s to the 1960s: petroleum extraction and refining; men's and women's clothing; ...
  • Long Beach Area History
  • Mexican American/Chicano oral history interviews
  • The collection is comprised of four series, the first of which is focused on performing and composing musicians active in southern California, 1920s to mid-1960s.
  • Southeast Asian communities oral history interviews
  • The series grouped here under the rubric of “the sixties” are comprised of interviews that were conducted as part of various other projects, including classes, and under varying auspices at both the university and in the ...
  • These interviews were initiated in 1972 as part of the Feminist History Research Project (FHRP), a community-based project co-founded by Sherna Berger Gluck and Ann Forfreedom at the Westside Women's Center in Los Angeles.

Collections within VOAHA III: Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive

Recent Submissions

  • Hidalgo, Francisco; Mathos, Joanne, interviewer (2019-10-08)
    INTERVIEW DESCRIPTION - This short interview was conducted by a student for a USC Ethnic Studies Project. 5/1/1972
  • Nakai, Mitsuyo; Hanawa, Yukiko, interviewer (2019-10-08)
    INTERVIEW DESCRIPTION - This second interview with Mitsuyo Nakai was recorded in Lake Elsinore and covers her marriage, the birth of her children, and life in Manzanar.
  • Nakai, Mitsuyo; Hanawa, Yukiko, interviewer (2019-10-06)
    INTERVIEW DESCRIPTION - The first of five interviews with Mitsuyo Nakai was conducted at Lake Elsinore, where she was still running her physical therapy practice.
  • Budilovsky, Agnes (b. 05/03/1899 - d. unknown); Feichtinger, Kris, interviewer (2019-09-26)
    INTERVIEW DESCRIPTION</ - The first two interviews with Agnes Budilovksy were conducted jointly with Rose Falk; this is the first one conducted solely with Agnes. Like the other interviews, it was recorded at the ACWA ...
  • Robinson, Marilyn; Zea, Stephanie, interviewer (2019-09-26)
    INTERVIEW DESCRIPTION</b> - This is the second of two interviews conducted as part of a project for a senior women's studies seminar. 1997-04-30