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Last Name
Oklahoma State University
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Oral history, rural women's history, Dust Bowl, public history, ethnographic interviewing, ethics in oral history, digital humanities
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About Me

Mary Larson is the Puterbaugh Professor of Library Service and Associate Dean for Special Collections at the Oklahoma State University Library. She came to OSU as the head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program after working in oral history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Nevada. She served two terms as President of the Oral History Association (OHA) from 2011-2013 and as a member of Council¬† from 2003-2006. She has also been elected chair of the Oral History Section for the Society of American Archivists, filled two three-year terms on the board of the Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA), and has chaired numerous committees for OHA and SOHA.¬† She was the media review editor for The Oral History Review for five years and an editor for the H-Oralhist listserv from 2000-2014. Her areas of interest include oral history, the intersections of anthropology and history, issues of shared authority, ethics and technology, and rural women’s history. She received her bachelor’s in anthropology from Harvard and her master’s and doctorate from Brown.

Recent Publications

Larson’s most recent publication is a chapter, “The Medium is Political and the Message Is Personal: Feminist Oral Histories Online,” in Beyond Women’s Words: Feminisms and Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century. Among her other oral history publications are three books–Oral History and Digital Humanities (Palgrave 2014, co-edited with Doug Boyd), Famiglia e Cucina: Stories and Recipes from Northwestern Nevada’s Italian-American Community (UNOHP, 2007), and We Were All Athletes: Women’s Athletics at the University of Nevada (UNOHP, 2011), a methodological chapter in the Handbook of Oral History (AltaMira, 2006), and numerous articles in the Oral History Review.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Canada
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Indigenous Peoples, Libraries & Archives, Public History, Rural & Agrarian History, Sports, Women