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Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston Project Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2019-021
This collection contains approximately 6 linear feet of archival records related to the Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston project. Founded by UH Professor Carl Lindahl in 2005, it is the world's first project in which disaster survivors have taken the lead in documenting fellow survivors' experience of disaster. The project received worldwide recognition for its role in helping survivors overcome the traumatic effects of hurricanes. The collection consists primarily of project documentation including release forms for interviews that were conducted from 2006-2008. While the interviews themselves are almost exclusively digitally recorded the collection also contains two audio cassettes. The collection also contains training manuals for survivor interviewers, news clippings, photographs, and textual data discs and cassettes.

Dates

  • Approx. 2006-2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not yet fully processed. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Mary Manning at mmmanning@uh.edu.

Extent

6 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

From Prof. Carl Lindahl’s faculty page:

“Carl Lindahl is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, a Folklore Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, and an internationally recognized authority in folk narrative, medieval folklore, folktales and legends, festivals and celebrations, folklore fieldwork, traditional healing strategies, and ways in which folk cultures seek and exercise covert power. Among the folk cultures he has explored are French Americans (Cajun, Creole, and Caribbean) and the regional cultures of Texas, Appalachia, and the Ozarks.

In 2005 he founded Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston [SKRH], the world's first project in which disaster survivors have taken the lead in documenting fellow survivors' experience of disaster. He continues to co-direct SKRH, which has received worldwide recognition for its role in aiding survivors overcome the traumatic effects of hurricanes. In 2014 he convened a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference bringing together ethnographers, disaster survivors, and public health specialists from seven countries to strategize ways in which to help survivors draw upon their traditional knowledge to become more active agents in their own recovery. The conference culminated with the formation of the International Commission for Survivor-Centered Disaster Recovery, of which he is the founding organizer. Also in 2014 he began working with Haitians to create Sivivan pou Sivivan (Survivor to Survivor), a pilot program based on the model of SKRH, in which Haitian earthquake survivors interview one another. Lindahl is working to make Sivivan pou Sivivan a self-sustaining, entirely Haitian-run and Haitian-staffed program.

https://www.uh.edu/class/english/people/faculty/lindahl/

Physical Location

Located in Range 15 Units 11 and 12.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA
713-743-9750