Digitization of Oral History Project: WWII Years, 1941-1946

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Concordia University, St. Paul
Recipient Type
Private College/University
Start Date
December 2015
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

To digitize a collection of oral history interviews in order to broaden public accessibility.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Available upon request. Contact grants@mnhs.org

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our short terms metrics are on target with expectations. One of the goals of this project was to provide access to materials that were quickly becoming inaccessible due to format and media degradation. By digitizing the project we have met those expectations. Additionally we have provided digital access to the materials allowing patrons to access the collection without physically visiting Concordia Special Collections; any access of this collection meets our target. With the launch of the collection we tracked 16 views of the collection in August, 3 views in September, and 4 views in October.

Intermediate to long-term: We have yet to do much promotion of the collection, but we plan to write a news piece for our blog which will be posted to various social media outlets. Metadata for the collection was recently harvested for DPLA with the hope that this will also increase traffic to the collection. Our library has been contacted by a group working on a 10-part documentary series, "The Home Front," about the potential possibility of using some of these interviews--which is great publicity for the collection. This contact came after a query to a posting on H-Net looking for oral history projects on American civilians during WWII years; we can continue to monitor for other projects that could utilize our resources and reach out to them as they come up.

Description of Funds
Available upon request. Contact
Source of Additional Funds

Available upon request. Contact grants@mnhs.org

Recipient Board Members
Ken Behm, Jocelyn Benson, Colleen Braun, Carol M. Fehrmann, Sandra Frauenshuh, James Giertz, LaoLu Hang, Gregg Hein, Loren Leslie, Fungchatou Lo, Joan Miller, Mark Moksnes, Dean Nadasdy, Paul Steinhaus, Lori Utech
Project Manager
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Concordia University, St. Paul
Street Address
275 Syndicate
St. Paul
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155