The Ohio Historical Society, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, seeks to preserve the history of Ohio's soldiers through In Their Own Words, an oral history project. In previous conflicts, soldiers wrote letters home to family and friends. Researchers, students, and genealogists have come to rely on these letters as primary sources. Now, however, soldiers and family members use e-mail and the telephone, which leave no written record. In many cases, oral histories are the only way to capture the stories of Ohio soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the stories of their spouses, children, neighbors and co-workers on the home front. In Their Own Words will build a replicable model that accomplishes three goals: 1) Increases the number of resources available that document Ohio's role in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; 2) Develops a replicable model for digitizing oral histories; and 3) Disseminates procedures for digitizing audiovisual collections to other libraries and cultural heritage organizations interested in creating and digitizing oral histories.
- For more on the project, including working documents, guidelines and other information, please see the project wiki.