Academic journal article The Oral History Review

Editor's Introduction

Academic journal article The Oral History Review

Editor's Introduction

Article excerpt

In the last issue, we sadly announced the passing of Willa Baum on May 18, 2006, following back surgery. As we individually mourned her passing, it became clear that many wanted to share their memories of Willa. Accordingly, in the Oral History Association Newsletter, Mary Kay Quinlan was able to give voice to a number of Willa's friends and colleagues. However, the number who wished to express fond thoughts overwhelmed the space available in the Newsletter. With this in mind, the first quarter of this issue of the Oral History Review is dedicated to the memory of Willa and her many friends. It also includes an essay never-before published that she delivered in Anchorage in 1983. A Festschrift of sorts, let this issue stand in tribute to the career and insights of Willa Baum (1926-2006).

On a happier note, it is my pleasure to announce our new book review editor: John B. Wolford. Currently at the Missouri Historical Society, John's career and interests are diverse. After his introduction to oral history in 1982 by John Bodnar at Indiana University, John has worked on projects in labor history, ethnic communities, African American communities, the blues, desegregation, aviation and institutional histories. …

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