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Uprising of ’34 Oral History Digitization Project Completed

In May 2015, GSU Library was awarded a grant of $121,418 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to digitize, transcribe, and make available

Nanny Leah Washburn, a former mill worker and communist organizer from Atlanta, Ga. (from interview L1995-13_AV0452)

online all of the oral history interviews that were created during the production of the 1995 documentary The Uprising of ’34, which tells the story of the massive wave of labor strikes that swept through Southern cotton mills in 1934. That project is now complete. More than 300 hours of video and audio interviews are available in the Uprising of ’34 digital collection.

E.O. Friday, a former cotton mill worker from Gastonia, N.C., and Uprising of ’34 director George Stoney (from interview L1995-13_AV0322)

All video interviews were transcribed and synced with the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), which greatly enhances the accessibility of their content. All audio interviews were indexed with OHMS.

The project, which took a year and a half to complete, provides access to a rich trove of first-person accounts of the 1934 textile strikes. It has also enabled this content to be transferred from aging video and audio cassettes and preserved in digital form for future use.