Mission

THE SOUTHWEST ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION

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.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
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 SOHA 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.

INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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.

ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES

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