CURRENT ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS

For more information about the oral histories in these collections contact coph@fullerton.edu

California State Archives Project


 Brenda St. Hilaire interviews Carol Liu in her home

This project is a partnership between COPH and the California State Archives to interview founding and early members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, as well as other former state legislators from Southern California.  

Photo: Brenda St. Hilaire interviews former California State Assemblywoman and State Senator, Carol Liu at her home. May 4, 2021. Photographed by Brian Mashburn.

CSU Women Presidents project

Twelve CSU Women Presidents seated and standing against gray backdrop

This project explores the unique contributions women make to higher education as leaders and administrators, and records the individual lives, careers, and achievements of each CSU woman president.  

Photo: Back row, from left: Judy K. Sakaki (Sonoma), Soraya M. Coley (Pomona), Erika D. Beck (Channel Islands), Adela De La Torre (San Diego), Gayle E. Hutchinson (Chico), Mary A. Papazian (San José), Ellen N. Junn (Stanislaus). Front row, from left: Dianne F. Harrison (Northridge), Jane Close Conoley (Long Beach), Karen S. Haynes (San Marcos), Lisa A. Rossbacher (Humboldt), Lynnette Zelezny (Bakersfield). Photographed in 2018.

Documenting Experiences of Mexican, Filipina, and Chicana Women in California Agriculture Project

Juanita Valdez-Cox speaking at podium during La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) protest rally

This project is a partnership between COPH and the National Park Service (NPS). The oral histories in this project document the critical contributions made to American history by women farm workers. Women did the difficult work of harvesting crops, maintaining family (and community), and nurturing a transformative movement. Yet, most scholarship on farmworker organizing has largely centered around male voices and perspectives. 

Photo: Juanita Valdez-Cox speaking at podium during La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) protest rally. January 12, 2021. Photographer unknown.


Orange County Politics Project

Dick Ackerman, Joe Dunn, and Natalie Fousekis stand posed for a picture inside the Summit House restaurant at the OC Politics event

The Orange County Politics oral history project looks at the history of of local politics and politicians. 

Photo: Former CA State Senator, Dick Ackerman (left) and COPH director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis (right) recognize former CA State Senator, Joe Dunn at COPH's annual event, "Celebrating Orange County's Political Legacy," in March 2020. Photographed by Matt Gush.

Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage project

Analia Cabral interviews Maria Elena Durazo. Seated at table with video camera in foreground.

The WPA project recalls the words of women involved in politics, community organizing, and grassroots movements within Southern California. For more information check out the WPA finding aid and view the collection online on our WPA website.Opens in new window

Photo: Analia Cabral interviews union activist, Maria Elena Durazo in 2017. Phographed by Abby Waldrop.

Vision and Visionaries Project

Dr. Natalie Fousekis interviews Marilyn Brewer in her home with video camera in foreground.

The Vision and Visionaries project records the stories of distinguished CSUF alumni and community supporters. For more information contact Project Director Natalie Fousekis at (657) 278-2283.

Photo: COPH Director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis interviews former CA State Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer in 2014. Photographed by Adam Morley.

lange tafel

 Students and community members sit together at long table on CSUF campus lawn

The first Lange Tafel began in Berlin over a decade ago. This community story telling event came to Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017. Both Berlin and Los Angeles are multicultural cities that are deeply shaped by immigration. Both cities engage in intensive social, educational, and cultural activities aimed at fostering integration. This celebration of community story telling came to Orange County at California State University Fullerton for the first time in April, 2019. Orange County, a modern-day suburban region of Southern California, is in its own way a blend of various cultures and immigration stories. At the Long Table, we honor these stories. 
For more information contact Dr. Cora Granata at (657) 278-3568 or check out the Lange Tafel websiteOpens in new window

Orange County Politics Project

Dick Ackerman and Joe Dunn stand with Natalie Fousekis at OC Politics event

The Orange County Politics Oral History Project shares the words of local politicians. For more information contact our archivist, Natalie Garcia at (657) 278-3693.

Vision and Visionaries Project

Natalie Fousekis interviews Marilyn Brewer in her home

For more information contact Project Director Natalie Fousekis at (657) 278-2283.

Lange tafel

Students and community members sit together at long table on CSUF campus lawn Opens in new window

The first Lange Tafel began in Berlin over a decade ago. This community story telling event came to Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017. Both Berlin and Los Angeles are multicultural cities that are deeply shaped by immigration. Both cities engage in intensive social, educational, and cultural activities aimed at fostering integration. This celebration of community story telling came to Orange County at California State University Fullerton for the first time in April, 2019. Orange County, a modern-day suburban region of Southern California, is in its own way a blend of various cultures and immigration stories. At the Long Table, we honor these stories.
For more information contact Dr. Cora Granata at (657) 278-3568 or check out the Lange Tafel website.

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