Sustainable stewardship: A collaborative model for engaged oral history pedagogy, community partnership, and archival growth

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Abstract

Our University of Kentucky team of professors, archivists, and oral historians have collaborated since 2013 to develop pedagogy that enables students to encounter and engage oral history, archival materials, and local community in meaningful ways. Through the impetus of the Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project and several semesters of collaboration and iterative syllabus design, we developed "sustainable stewardship" as a replicable model for course and project design to engage undergraduates in original knowledge production while simultaneously fostering archival access and growth. In this article we trace the evolving pedagogical conversations inspired by the classroom introduction of OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer), the questions of continuity they elicit, and our team's development of sustainable stewardship to respond to those questions. We argue that sustainable stewardship provides a model to connect the classroom, community, and the archive in enduring, mutually beneficial, and transformative ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-341
Number of pages21
JournalOral History Review
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Key to our project design was a model for continued growth that would extend beyond the funded period provided by the grant. To enable this growth, we envisioned two components: community participation and a companion

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2018.

Keywords

  • Archive
  • Community
  • Sustainable stewardship
  • Undergraduate research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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