Dr. Corinne Gilb interviews Louis Bartlett, authority on California
water and power, for the Regional Cultural (Oral) History Project.
California Monthly, December, 1956, photo by Jon Brenneis
“The issue of who the self is and how the self is perceived or presented under different circumstances goes to the heart of the question of the validity and utility of oral history...”
Corinne Lathrop Gilb
Collections of Corinne Lathrop Gilb's original oral history interviews can be found at the following archives:
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY LABOR ARCHIVES
This collection documents Dr. Gilb’s work at the University of California-Berkeley from 1954 to 1962, when she developed the Regional Cultural History Project (the forerunner of the Regional Oral History Office) and conducted oral histories for the Institute of Industrial Relations. The collection documents early methodology for conducting oral histories and twenty-four completed interviews of union members, employers, and professionals in the labor relations field. The histories describe the daily work of typographers, teamsters and retail clerks from the early 1900s to the 1950s, and is an excellent history of San Francisco Bay Area labor relations during that period.
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
(formerly the Institute of Industrial Relations)
University of California
This collection consists of seventeen volumes of transcriptions of tape-recorded interviews that were conducted by Corinne Lathrop Gilb for the Institute of Industrial Relations Oral History Project at UC Berkeley concerning labor and labor relations in California. Subjects include anarchism, employer's association, International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, International Typographical Union of North America, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America.
REGIONAL ORAL HISTORY OFFICE
The Bancroft Library, University of California
The ROHO collection includes twenty-five oral history interviews by Corinne Lathrop Gilb in the areas of agriculture, water resources, land use, the arts, business, labor, conservation, law, politics, social history, and University of California history. Also included are interviews Dr. Gilb conducted for the Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
Corinne Lathrop Gilb describes the beginnings of the Regional Cultural History Project and early interview procedures in her introductory comments to "Oral History: The Presentation of Self for Posterity", Toward Holistic History, Atherton Press ©2000, 2005.
"Reel History", California Monthly, UC Berkeley Alumni Association, April 2004. Interview with Willa Baum, Dr. Gilb's successor as Director of the Regional Cultural History Project, on the history of ROHO.
Corinne Lathrop Gilb's oral histories are also available at libraries throughout the country.