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.
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.
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.