A collective made up of 6 oral historians trained at Columbia University, we provide freelance oral history services, including interviewing, film and audio editing, project management and consultation, writing, audit/editing and transcription. Individually, we have worked on a range of projects with public, private and family clients, and bring experience and perspective from the humanities, the social sciences, and documentary work to our collective.
Founded in the spring of 2014, the Collective has embarked on a range of public and private partnerships with clients including: The Brooklyn Historical Society, the Columbia Center for Jazz Studies, the Apollo Theater, Plowshares Media, Greenwich Village Historical Preservation Society and an affiliate of Trinity Church Wall Street.
William Chapman is a California native and graduate of California State University, Fresno with a B.A. in History with honors. His oral history experience involves interviewing veterans from World War II and later conflicts, acting as a founding member of the Central California War Veterans Oral History Project, based at CSU Fresno. Through the course of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University, William has applied his past historical training to his studies, writing a thesis on urban planning and racial dialectics in Fresno, California. William is currently based in California, with hopes of returning to New York in the near future.
An avid audiophile, William is developing his skills as an audio editor and arranger of podcasts based on shared-authority narratives of local history. As a more traditional historiographer, William is fascinated by the potential for oral history as a methodology in creating synthesized histories that involve multiple objectivities and subjectivities.
Allison Corbett is an oral historian, documentarian, and Spanish interpreter living in New York City. In addition to her freelance work with the Oral History Collective, she is an independent Certified Spanish Medical Interpreter in a number of New York health institutions, and is a videographer with the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) for an ongoing project on Columbia University’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Her work centers on questions of memory, place, cross-cultural communication/identity, and social change in Latin American communities both in the US and abroad. She is currently editing her first film, Memoria Presente, a documentary based on interviews she conducted for her thesis “Failure to Materialize: An Oral History of Puente de Fierro, a Memorial That Never Was” which explores spaces of post-dictatorship memory in Argentina. Before getting an MA in Oral History she spent eight years working as an interpreter, community educator, and non-profit program manager supporting language access rights, and cross-cultural dialogue.
Allison is a proud uptown resident and is a member of the volunteer collective that runs and maintains the bilingual community bookstore and arts space, Word Up. She is currently in the early stages of a few community-based oral history projects uptown.
Hana Crawford is a proud New Mexican and interviewer.
She comes to oral history and multimedia production from community work with youth, artists, and people surviving shelter and prison systems. Social mobility and post-release experiences of ex-felons are among her research interests. Currently, she is completing work on a project she began with Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon, the first city-sanctioned tent city in the United States.
Hana received an M.A. in Oral History from Columbia University in May 2014 and before that completed a B.A. at Antioch College in Self, Society, and Culture. She lives in Brooklyn, where she produces photo and video content and continues to develop skills in digital assets management.
Erica Fugger In her current role as Administrative Coordinator of Columbia University’s Oral History M.A. program, Erica offers support to aspiring interviewers and strengthens cross-disciplinary collaborations. She further serves as a founding member of the Oral History Collective and president of the Columbia Oral History Alumni Association.
Erica’s latest work explores the evolution of activism within the Riverside Sangha, a local Buddhist meditation community in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. She was recently named an Atlantic Philanthropies Research Fellow at the Columbia Center for Oral History Research through which she will explore the convergence of oral history methodology and Buddhist practice.
Sam Robson is an Iowa-born writer and oral historian living in New York City. A 2014 graduate of Columbia University’s Oral History M.A. program, Sam transforms oral history interviews into literary narratives. He works with individuals, families, and institutions to create oral history-based books and stories. Much of his current work involves interviewing people with dementia. His play Timothy and Mary, based on some of these interviews, premieres at Manhattan Repertory Theatre on May 14th, 2015.
Sam graduated from Carleton College in 2010 with a degree in history. For his undergraduate thesis, Sam traveled to the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua to interview veterans of the 1980s Contra War. Sam has worked as a researcher for Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, contributing to their 2014 study The Latino Media Gap, which examines Latino participation in mainstream media and the Internet. Currently, Sam is consulting on a book of life histories told by formerly homeless New Yorkers.
Cameron Vanderscoff is an oral historian and writer based in New York City. Between his private work and the Oral History Collective, a freelance group he co-founded, he consults on a range of oral historical and editorial issues with Columbia University, the Apollo Theater, University of California, Santa Cruz, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and other institutional and family clients in California and New York. His published work is anchored in interviews on theory and pedagogy in higher education, and he has worked across a diverse range of topics and subject areas.
Cameron is currently an M.A. Candidate in the oral history program at Columbia, where some of his current professional involvements include the Phoenix House and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Projects. He has also served as workshop facilitator and teaching assistant in oral history training. Cameron graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz in History and Literature in 2011. His interest in narrative further threads through his writing, music, and travel.