Archive | Oral History

We have collected over 900 interviews since starting out in 2002. Students, faculty, public school teachers and researchers from throughout Northeast Ohio have contributed to this undertaking, which has grown to encompass several specialized projects.

The full interviews will be published in the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Learn more about participating in the project by reading the Interviewee FAQ.

Cleveland Voices: A Podcast


The concept of place is dynamic – almost hard to comprehend. A place’s identity and meaning changes. The evolution of a place can be charted by studying the development of a physical landscape or by chronicling the history of different groups that once called it home. The study of place-making, however, is something quite different. […]

The Judson Oral History Project

Many of the oral histories for the project took place in the Bicknell Mansion in Cleveland Heights, now part of Judson Park.

Over the past year, the Center collaborated with the the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University on the Judson Oral History Project. Funded by the Unger Family Foundation, the project conducted 36 interviews with residents at Judson Park, a not-for-profit retirement community in Cleveland Heights. John Horan, who has since earned […]

New African American History App Tour

The Center is pleased to announce the newest tour on the Cleveland Historical website and mobile app. Developed with funding from the Cleveland State University Office of the Provost, the new “African Americans” tour emerged from a summer undergraduate research project and fall graduate course directed by Mark Souther. Last summer, Bethany Hollowell, Timothy Klypchak, […]

Shaker Heights Collaboration Wins OHPO Award

On September 28, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office awarded its 2013 Public Education & Awareness Award to, a project of the City of Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights Landmark Commission, and Shaker Heights Public Library.  In addition to a digital historic building card index that makes it possible to trace the history of this planned […]

Provost’s Office Summer Research Project

The Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection passed the 900-interview mark this summer. Using an Engaged Scholarship summer undergraduate research grant from the Cleveland State University Office of the Provost, three students spent May through August working with Dr. Mark Souther and CPHDH to collect oral histories on African American history in Greater Cleveland with a […]

Oral History Resources

In recent years, the volume of resources for doing oral history, much less for exploring digital oral histories has expanded dramatically. The Center often leads community-centered workshops for teachers, communities, and students where we help partners build oral history projects around their interests. Recently, Center Co-Director, Professor Tebeau contributed to the discussions initiated by Michigan State […]

The Re-Imagining Cleveland Project

Beginning this past Spring, the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities has been working on a collaborative project with Neighborhood Progress, Inc. entitled Re-Imagining A More Sustainable Cleveland. Aside from building a participatory website for project communication and documentation, the Center, through the hard work of undergraduate students in the CSU History Department, has […]