Abra Schnur is an MLS candidate from UNT set to graduate in May, 2017. Her professional focus and interests are in archival management and oral history. She spent two years conducting interviews for the Flying Voices Oral History Project and has since submitted the interviews to the UNT Oral History Collection. She has presented at the Braniff History and Architecture Conference, The Society of Southwest Archivists Conference, and the Texas Oral History Association Conference. She recently published a feature about lessons learned from the project in the Society of American Archivists Oral History Newsletter and is currently interning with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Historical Research Center Oral History Collection where she is processing interviews that pose privacy challenges, yet present unique marketing and heritage developments for the institution.
Prior to this, she received a BA in Anthropology from UNT in 2010 and an AAS in Radio, Television, and Film Technology from San Antonio College (SAC) in 2005. She worked for three years at the SAC radio station, KSYM. She then went on to be an announcer and part-time arts and culture reporter for Texas Public Radio (TPR). During her time at TPR she created, produced, and edited the Culture Club podcast. She has worked in an academic library setting since 2008 starting as a library student assistant at UNT, with subsequent paraprofessional positions at the University of Maryland Founding Campus and University of Houston, to presently as the Student Coordinator for the UNT College of Information Houston Program. She was 2015 recipient of the Society of Southwest Archivists David B. Gracy II Student Scholarship.
Abra and Oral History
Abra’s interest in oral history developed out of her time as an anthropology major with an appreciation for is practical use in field research, but more profoundly, its ability to illuminate various perspectives and experiences that may otherwise go unheard. Under the direction of Dr. Todd Moye she learned theory and methodology and conducted and transcribed her first interview. She was selected for an oral history internship with the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art where she trained in oral history auditing. Abra has also completed Baylor University’s Institute of Oral History’s Getting Started with Oral History and Processing and Outcomes in Oral History online workshops. Abra then developed the Flying Voices Oral History Project documenting former employees of Braniff International in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. As an independent researcher she has learned to navigate the project with a minimal budget. She currently sits on the board of the Texas Oral History Association.