By Susan Gill Vardon | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 28, 2018 at 8:58 am | UPDATED: November 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm The oral history program at Cal State Fullerton got its start in 1968 capturing the voices of administrators and faculty members. Fifty years later, the archives at the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History are full of narratives from local and state politicians, Latina community activists, Marines who served at the former El Toro base, immigrants from Europe and Mexico and lots of Orange County residents with a story to tell. Natalie Fousekis, director of the center for 10 years, said she is proud of the maturity and diversity of voices. “I think it’s an incredible collection of oral histories that have been collected over 50 years, and done in the last 15 years on almost no budget,” she said, adding that major grants became available only in recent years. “And also the fact that the majority of our collection has been done by CSUF students.” The center, in Pollak Library, is one of the largest oral history archives in California, housing more than 6,000 interviews, transcripts, photographs and other material. It is… Read full this story
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