Staff


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Kimberly Springer is Curator for Oral History for the Columbia Center for Oral History Archives at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She holds a master’s of information science, specializing in archives, preservation and social computing from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She obtained her doctorate from the Women’s Studies Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Her research and publication areas are born-digital materials, artists’ studio archives, social media, social movements, and television studies as they intersect with race, gender and sexuality. Kimberly’s publications include Living for the Revolution, Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980 (Duke University Press, 2005), Still Lifting, Still Climbing: African-American Women’s Contemporary Activism (New York University Press, 1999), Stories of Oprah: the Oprahfication of American Culture (University of Mississippi Press, 2010) and articles in several journals and edited volumes.

Kimberly has worked in public media and the government sector for National Public Radio, Michigan Radio, the Smithsonian Institution Archives and the U.S. State Department.


David Olson

David Amel Olson is the Oral History Archivist for the Columbia Center for Oral History Archives at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Before working at Columbia, David worked with oral history collections documenting the history of the radical left and labor movements at New York University's Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. David holds an MA from NYU in Archives and Public History and an MLIS from Long Island University's Palmer School. His introduction to archives was working at the Social Welfare History Archives, while pursing his BA in history from the University of Minnesota. David has also previously worked in state government and the legal sector.


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The Columbia Center for Oral History Research is housed at INCITE, the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics and directed by Mary Marshall Clark.

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Oral History Master's class

The Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) is the first program of its kind: a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree training students in oral history method and theory.

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