Alder has more than ten years of experience in the field of oral history, including developing and managing oral history programs, interviewing, and transcribing.
Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II
"Uprooted" is a traveling photography exhibit sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. An oral history program was established as part of the project. Eighteen oral histories have been recorded so far, capturing first and second hand accounts of life in the labor camps. A dozen of the interviews, with video clips and transcripts from each, are featured on the exhibit's website.
Oregon Health & Science University Oral History Program
Oregon Health & Science University's Historical Collections & Archives established an oral history program in 1997. More than 120 interviews have been recorded so far. Alder took over project management in 2014. Between four and five interviews are video recorded each year and then made available to the public through the OHSU Library.
Alder oversaw a series of oral history interviews that captured memories of the Portland Timbers during the first iteration of the team, from 1975 to 1982. The resulting transcriptions served as foundational research for an exhibit at the Oregon History Museum, "“Soccer City USA: The Portland Timbers and the NASL Years, 1975-1982,” and the book The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City USA.
We Are the Land, We Are the Sea: Stories of Subsistence from Chenega
Working with an Alaska Native Corporation, a non-profit 501(c)3, and an independent author, I interviewed several members of a community based in Prince William Sound to produce a collection of oral histories. The stories reflected the subsistence practices and traditions of the community. These stories demonstrated the traditions passed down from generation to generation, as well as the negative effects of the 1964 earthquake and tsunami and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill on their subsistence traditions.