Thursday, May 22, 2008

The YouTube* of Arkansas History

The AV/AR is a database with Arkansas related oral history interviews, lectures and video footage. Not only can you listen to a clip concerning the tie between Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, and that respective church affliation, but you can also watch video clips of the climatic events unfolding as Central High School tried to desegregate in 1957.

In the days of rising gas prices, the beauty of this archive is that it’s available online to access from the comfort of your own home. You can use this tool to learn more about Arkansas history, to find quotes about historical events, to watch history happen, and to hear personal anecdotes of Arkansans or of things happening in Arkansas.

You have access to full interviews and lectures, but these have also been divided into smaller clips that average less than two minutes. To search through the AV/AR, you have two options. First, you can search by subject term by scrolling through the list and clicking on the word you’re most interested in. Second, you can search by speaker/interviewee by scrolling through the list of people if you know their insight is something you are looking for.

Left: Speaker/Interviewee Search
Right: Subject Term Search

This project has been going for a year and right now is focused on race relations in Arkansas. In the future, the database plans to extend to all areas of Arkansas history. Clips are added frequently so stay tuned!

Contributed by Sara Thompson, Audio Visual Archivist
*Note: The AV/AR is by no means affiliated with YouTube. We are using the term here strictly as a descriptor. Clever, no?


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