The Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) was founded in 1981 to serve practitioners of oral history in Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico and contiguous areas.

Through publications, meetings, workshops and special events, SOHA supports and promotes oral history as a method for exploring and recording history, culture, and current experiences in the Southwestern United States.  In this endeavor the association cooperates with other organizations and institutions in the region, and it maintains close ties with the national Oral History Association

Membership in SOHA provides meaningful opportunities for participation in the exchange of information and the discussion of matters of common concern among those interested in oral history throughout the Southwest region.

SOHA logo

SOHA’s membership includes professional oral historians, public historians, students, teachers, genealogists, family historians, volunteer interviewers, archivists, librarians, individuals, and community programs interested in oral history.  Institutional and community members include oral history programs, universities, libraries, archives, historical societies and museums.

Annual Meetings
Held in the spring, the SOHA annual meeting offers a variety of experiences valuable to the membership including introductory and advanced workshops, session topics of both general and professional interest, presentation of awards, the annual business meeting and election of officers.

Subscription to the SOHA Newsletter
The Newsletter, issued three times a year, contains regional news, articles by oral historians about oral history, reviews, trends, and discussions of oral history concerns at all levels.

SOHA Member Directory Listing
The directory is published and sent to all current members on a biannual basis via E-mail (unless otherwise specified by the individual member).  
It is also available by electronic means to current members.  It is SOHA policy not to distribute or sell either our membership list or newsletter to other organizations.

Training Workshops and Special Events
Workshops focus on practical approaches and solutions to problems common to the practice of oral history.  Other events may include regional tours to places of historic interest, lectures and book reviews.

Members are encouraged to become involved in one of the SOHA standing committees (Annual Meeting, Membership, Grants/Scholarships), develop projects, and to expand the potential of the Southwest Oral History community through organizational leadership positions and elected office. SOHA values the energy and ideas that new members bring to the association.

1. Annual Meeting
2. Newsletter
3. Website Presence
4. Scholarships and Grants
5. Annual Awards
6. Outreach Programs
7. Regional & State Programming


To Join SOHA, complete and mail the membership application to the address listed below payable to SOHA.  Membership entitles you to early annual meeting discounted registration as well as the other benefits listed herein.

1. Annual Individual $35
2. Student $20
3. Individual Lifetime $250
4. 2-Year Individual Membership $65
6. SOHA Community Partners $100
7. SOHA Corporate Partners $350
8. SOHA Institutional Partners $500

Membership Dues APPLY only for the calendar year—so join early!
Sponsor/Donation:  I would like to support the work and programs of the Southwest Oral History Association with the following donation $________
[Note: No membership privileges with donations]

SOHA is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization and donations are very much appreciated.  Such donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS Tax Code Section 170(c).
Mail to: 
University of Nevada Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 455020
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5020

Questions: soha@unlv.edu