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UCLA Library Names Teresa Barnett Head of Oral History Program


The UCLA Library has announced theappointment of Teresa Barnett as head of its Oral History Program.

"Teresa brings considerablestrengths to this position, including extensive knowledge and experience inoral history theory, methodology, practice and teaching," said UniversityLibrarian Gary E. Strong. "Her background is ideally suited to launching theprogram in new directions, including utilizing digital technologies that willfurther enhance access to our oral histories for research and instruction."

Barnett began her Oral HistoryProgram career in 1987 as an editor and interviewer. She became principaleditor in 1995 and associate director in 2001. She has conducted numerousinterviews in the areas of the visual arts, social activism and UCLA universityhistory.

Barnett has served in a number of capacities in theOral History Association, the Southwest Oral History Association and theNational Council on Public History. Among other assignments, she has chairedthe Southwest Oral History Association's scholarship and grant committee andthe Oral History Association's book award committee and served as co-chair oftheir annual meeting in 2002.

She is the former book review editor of the OralHistory Association's professional journal, The Oral History Review, andcurrently serves as oral history editor for the National Council on PublicHistory's journal, The Public Historian. In 1999 she was awarded the SouthwestOral History Association's James V. Mink Oral History Award for hercontribution to oral history in the Southwest region.

Barnett earned a B.A. and an M.A. incomparative literature from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in U.S.history from UCLA. She currently is completing a doctoral dissertation in U.S.history at UCLA.

The UCLA Oral History Program was established in1959 to collect and preserve oral recollections documenting the history ofSouthern California. The program's collections now total more than 800interviews. Among recent projects is a three-volume oral history with formerUCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young.

Major subject areas include African Americanhistory, biomedical science, books and fine printing, civil liberties, jazz,politics and government, and visual art. Oral histories with major campusfigures supplement the holdings of University Archives, which is the officialrepository for non-current university records that have permanent historical,legal, fiscal or administrative value.



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