Thanks to collaboration between the Southeast Kansas Farm History Center and Pittsburg State University’s Axe Library, oral history interviews collected from farm families in Southeast Kansas are now accessible to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.
The interviews have been published online on the Axe Library’s Special Collections website at http://axedigital.pittstate.edu/cdm-sekfarm. Visitors to the website can read the full-text of the interviews, listen to original recordings of the interviews, and view photographs collected during the project. Researchers looking for a first-hand glimpse of life on the farm can browse the collection, or can search the collection using keywords. A comprehensive index has also been constructed to provide further detail.
Since the initial phase of the project, the number of interviews has grown. As of spring 2012, nearly 30 interviews with about 45 persons have been conducted. The project is ongoing; persons interested in being interviewed may contact Pam Cress, Project Director, at 620-421-5404.
On Friday, April 20, a reception was held at Parsons Public Library to announce the new website. Project Director Pam Cress told a crowd of over 20 about the history of the project. Randy Roberts, curator of PSU’s Special Collections, spoke on the significance of the project, and Morgan McCune, Cataloging Librarian at PSU, gave a demonstration of the website.