Vanderscoff Oral History

Changing how history is remembered,
one story at a time.

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Changing how history is remembered, One Story at a Time

Cameron Vanderscoff

Oral Historian ~ Writer

Preserving Stories. To Remember the Lives, Times, & Innovations of Human History.

 

Why does your Oral History Matter?

People often ask IF their story ~ about their life or their work ~ is important enough to be told.

First-person stories open a rare window into a time in history — only you can tell it best.  So, YES, preserve your LifeStory. 

Cameron Vanderscoff

Oral Historian ~ Writer

Preserving Stories.
To Remember the Lives, Times, & Innovations of Human History.

Let’s talk about your story.

Why does your Oral History Matter?

People ask if their story is important enough to be told.

Yes, preserve your LifeStory. First-person stories give a rare window into a time in history. 

Let’s talk about your story idea. 

What's new - Oral History?

Do you like Oral Histories? Cameron posts projects and events that are catching his attention. Guaranteed to open doors to exciting people, places, times in our world.

Oral History Projects

NEW & RECENT BOOK RELEASE

THE EMPTY YEAR

An OralHistory of the Pandemic(s) of 2020 at University of California at Santa Cruz

by Cameron Vanderscoff and Irene Reti

At the University of California, Santa Cruz and across the world, 2020 was a year of not just the COVID-19 pandemic, but pandemics, plural. In addition to COVID-19, the CZU Lightning Complex fires exploded across Santa Cruz County. While these pandemics can be mapped and tracked and tallied with numbers, for it to be understood and felt for many, if not most people, we need stories. A collection of twenty-two oral history interviews exploring the ways people have encountered and interpreted this time. 

Hardcover: 554 pages

Land Below, Sky Above

An Oral History of Stanley Clifford Henjum I

BOOK ONE: Roots, 1921-1935

by Clifford Henjum and Cameron Vanderscoff 

Book One is the first installment of Mr. Henjum’s oral history in words and images. The full book series traces his remarkable 100 year life story, from his beginnings as a farmboy in rural Minnesota to his career in service of his country in WW2, then as an aerospace engineer in the space industry, and as a son and family man throughout. 

Hardcover and eBook: 172 pages

Seeds of Something Different

An Oral History of the University of California at Santa Cruz

By Irene Reti,
Cameron Vanderscoff,
Sarah Rabkin

This two volume oral history on this innovative public university, chronicles the first 50 years of UCSC through more than 200 first person oral histories.  The cover image by famed photographer Ansel Adams, starts the journey into a treasure trove of archival images that are featured in this book to illustrate the stories being told. 

Print and eBook

listen to Radio INTERVIEW  

Cameron Vanderscoff talks with Richard Eeds | Host, Richard Eeds Radio Show, Santa Fe 
1260 KTRC Talk Radio
April 7, 2020 

MULTIMEDIA & ORAL HISTORY

UCSC HOSTS Virtual series

Seeds of something different Weekly series

Hosted by Irene Reti,
Cameron Vanderscoff,
Sarah Rabkin WITH guest speakers

6 part weekly online series focused on a different era of this forward thinking university, exploring the book, Seeds of Something Different, An Oral History of the University of California at Santa Cruz. Open to public, students, alumni, educators, parents. FREE. 

A History of Creativity and Change: Six Sessions

A Pioneering Era and The Rising Counterculture (1960s)

Guest Commentators: Frank Zwart and Ed Landesman

The Changing City on a Hill (1970s)

Guest Commentator: J. Herman Blake

Rocks Ahead: Reorganization of the College System (1980s)

Guest Commentators: Bill Domhoff and George Blumenthal

Open the Door: Finding a Place on "A Very White Campus" (1990s)

Guest Commentators: Bettina Aptheker and Rosie Cabrera

A Research University with Experimental Roots (2000-2010)

Guest Commentators: Murray Baumgarten and Gary Griggs

"For Times We Can't Imagine" (2010-2020)

Guest Commentators: Jim Clifford, Donna Haraway, Nirupama Chandrasekhar, Stephen Yogi

In The Press & Oral History

SF Chronicle: Datebook

How Ansel Adams saw UC Santa Cruz

By Sam Whitling

Photographer’s vision of new campus fills two-volume work. Ansel Adams, Campus Photographer, featured in new book on UC Santa Cruz. “Already one of the most famous photographers in the world, Adams had come to Santa Cruz on assignment…”

Wednesday, June 10, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle

What's New?

Do you like Oral Histories? Cameron posts Oral History Projects and events that are catching his attention. Guaranteed to open doors to people, places, times.

Oral History Projects

listen to Radio INTERVIEW  

Cameron Vanderscoff talks with Richard Eeds  about “Seeds of Something Different”| Host, Richard Eeds Radio Show, Santa Fe 
1260 KTRC Talk Radio
April 7, 2020 

NeW Book Release

Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California at Santa Cruz

By Irene Reti,
Cameron Vanderscoff,
Sarah Rabkin

This just-released two volume oral history on this innovative public university, chronicles the first 50 years of UCSC through more than 200 first person oral histories. Available in Print and eBook.

UCSC Virtual series

Seeds of something different Weekly series

Hosted by
Irene Reti 
Cameron Vanderscoff
Sarah Rabkin
WITH guest speakers

6 part weekly online series focused on a different era of this forward thinking university. Open to public, students, alumni, educators, parents. FREE. 

A History of Creativity and Change in Six Sessions

A Pioneering Era and The Rising Counterculture (1960s)

Guest Commentators: Frank Zwart and Ed Landesman

The Changing City on a Hill (1970s)

Guest Commentator: J. Herman Blake

Rocks Ahead: Reorganization of the College System (1980s)

Guest Commentators: Bill Domhoff and George Blumenthal

Open the Door: Finding a Place on "A Very White Campus" (1990s)

Guest Commentators: Bettina Aptheker and Rosie Cabrera

A Research University with Experimental Roots (2000-2010)

Guest Commentators: Murray Baumgarten and Gary Griggs

"For Times We Can't Imagine" (2010-2020)

Guest Commentators: Jim Clifford and Donna Haraway, Nirupama Chandrasekhar, Stephen Yogi

How to Start telling your story?

Contact me and let’s explore how I can help you. 

How to Start telling your story?

About Cameron Vanderscoff

Cameron Vanderscoff is an oral historian  and writer consulting and managing projects for individuals and institutions throughout the U.S. and internationally. He holds an MA in Oral History from Columbia University, focusing his consulting work on best practices to collect and preserve stories for his clients.

He is co-editor of the celebrated new oral history “Seeds of Something Different” chronicling the fifty year story of the University of California at Santa Cruz and its experimentation in public education. As co-founder of the Okinawa Memories Initiative, he is developing oral histories for dialogue, research and education. 

He works with The Narrative Trust, and his versatile portfolio also includes projects with Columbia University, the Apollo Theatre and multimedia webinars, courses and presentations to reach new audiences.

Cameron has conducted oral history projects focused on diverse topics, including education, science and technology, aerospace, business, theatre, farming, music, WW2 history, and most recently took a deep dive into the acclaimed art world of Robert Rauschenberg for the book, “Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History”.  Cameron is based in New York and is active in the Oral History Association.

 

About Cameron Vanderscoff

Cameron Vanderscoff is an oral historian, writer, and educator working on projects with the Narrative Trust, Columbia University, the Apollo Theatre, and other individuals, businesses and institutions. He earned an MA in Oral History from Columbia and has consulted widely across the U.S. and internationally. He is co-editor of the book, “Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California at Santa Cruz”.  His oral history work has ranged from topics in history, education, technology, business, theatre and most recently took a deep dive into art through oral histories for the book “Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History”.  Cameron is co-founder of the Okinawa Memories Initiative, a UCSC Center chronicling oral and visual histories for study and curriculum.

Online & In-person

We offer interviews online via Online videoconferencing during the current world virus safety restrictions.  We make it easy for you to feel at ease knowing your story is being saved.