Recording a Revolution: Oral Histories of the January 25th Uprising in Egypt

Read “Recording a Revolution: Oral Histories of the January 25th Uprising in Egypt” in the Spring 2012 issue of Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists.

Abstract

As demonstrators converged on Tahrir Square in Cairo in January and February 2011, archivists, librarians, journalists, oral historians, students, and administrators at the American University in Cairo (AUC) convened in dorms to develop a plan to document Egypt’s participation in the Arab Spring. From the start, University on the Square: Documenting Egypt’s 21st Century Revolution project planners recognized the importance of oral histories as an integral part of creating a comprehensive and transparent record of the January 25th Revolution.

Demonstrator holding a bloody flag

Demonstrator holding a bloody flag from the University on the Square: Documenting Egypt’s 21st Century Revolution digital collection. Image courtesy of Tom Misenti and the American University in Cairo Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

Source

Stephen Urgola and Carolyn Runyon, “Recording a Revolution: Oral Histories of the January 25th Uprising in Egypt,” Dialogue: The Newsletter of the Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists, Spring 2012, 4-5.

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