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Oral History Program


Ali Igmen , Program Director ~ FO2-116 ~ Tel: (562) 985-8765 ~ Fax: (562) 985-5431

Over the past decade, students in various disciplines, including gerontology and leisure studies, have used oral history in their M.A. theses. However, it is mainly students in History and Interdisciplinary Studies who have worked directly under the supervision of the oral history program. Below are the theses completed by these students in the past six years, as well as those currently in progress.


Theses with accompanying oral history interview tapes

Bartolotto, Juliane Marie, “An early history of women’s studies at California State University, Long Beach: 1968-1976″

[21 audio cassettes]
Call #: AS36 C25 1996 B47
The circulating hard copy and media are located in the Reserve Book Room of the CSULB Library. An archival microfiche copy and an archival media set are located in University Archives.

Carver, Kaaron, “The conflicting visions and versions of the oral and public history of Klamath”

[22 audio cassettes]
Call #: AS36 C25 1994 C35
The archival hard copy and media are located in University Archives. However, special permission for use must be obtained from the author due to request for anonymity of the interviewees for a period of ten years.

Wilson, Karen s. harper [aka Karen Harper], “In Hmong Mountain: See Lee’s Oral Narrative as History and Poetry”

[Cassettes not available until 2001-2002]
Call #: AS36 C25 1995 W87
Circulating hard copy located in Library 205W


Other theses using oral history

Milkovich, Barbara, “A study of the impact of the oil industry on the development of Huntington Beach, California, prior to 1930″

Call #: AS36 C25 1988 M54
Circulating copy is located in Library 205W; the archival microfiche copy is located in University Archives.

Shults, Jane Beemer, “The Ku Klux Klan in Downey during the 1920s”

Call #: AS36 C25 1991 S498
Circulating copy is located in Library 205W; archival microfiche copy is located in University Archives.

Wright, Wayne. “The Education of Cambodian American Students in the Long Beach Unified School District: A Language and Educational Policy Analysis”

Call #: AS36 C25 1998 W976
Circulating copy is located in Library 205W; archival microfiche copy is located in University Archives.


Theses in progress

Elham Bayour on Palestinian women political prisoners [Interdisciplinary Studies: Anthropology, Women’s Studies] – anticipated completion date, Winter 2002

Dominique Brummond on the meaning of hippie clothing [Interdisciplinary Studies: History and Consumer Science] – anticipated completion date, 2002

Sharon Cotrell on GabrieleƱo-Tongya [Applied Anthropology] – anticipated completion date, 2002

Jane Cressinger on the battered women’s shelter movement [Interdisciplinary Studies: Anthropology and Women’s Studies] – anticipated completion date, Spring 2001

Gina Haw on the Chinese language schools in Vietnam [Interdisciplinary Studies: Education] – anticipated completion date, Summer 2001

Allison Kim-Ebisuya on the Englist Standart School system in Hawaii, 1940s-1950s [Interdisciplinary Studies: Educational Foundations] – anticipated completion date, Fall 200

Deepa Narayanan, “Socio-Cultural Impact of Tourism on a Spanish Peasant Community” [Applied Anthropology] – anticipated completion date, Fall 2001

Huang Tran on the Vietnamese Buddhist monk rebellion [Interdisciplinary Studies: Asian Studies]] – anticipated completion date, Fall 2001

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    Mon-Thur: 8-noon, 1-5
    Friday: 8-noon, 1-4

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 562-985-4431
    Office: FO2-106

    Mailing Address:
    1250 Bellflower Blvd
    Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

    Summer2015 History Advising Schedule

    Department Chair Dr. David Shafer, FO2-102,
    Most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout summer

    Dr. Ali Igmen, FO2-116,
    Tuesday, August 4, 9:00-11:00
    Tuesday, August 11, 9:00-11:00
    Tuesday, August 18, 9:00-11:00
    Tuesday, August 25, 9:00-11:00

    Dr. Caitlin Murdock, FO2-203,
    Tuesday, July 7, 9:00-11:00
    Tuesday, July 14, 9:00-11:00
    Tuesday, July 21, 9:00-11:00
    Tuesday, July 28, 9:00-11:00

    Dr. Houri Berberian, FO2-215,
    No on-campus hours Summer 2015, please contact via email

    Dr. Tim Keirn, FO2-117,
    Friday, June 19, noon-2:00
    Tuesday, July 14th, 3:00-5:00
    Monday, August 3, 4:00-6:00

    *Department undergraduate advisors will also be available at SOAR Workshops July 20-24, 2015

    The above hours are on a walk-in basis. Additional hours may be available by appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an advisor, e-mail the advisor directly. Please give them the courtesy of at least 24 hours to respond to your e-mail request.