The Sport Oral History Archive (SOHA) at Brock University is a digital, interactive archive that will be made available to the public in September, 2021. The SOHA’s mandate is to preserve Canadian sporting legacies by collecting oral history interviews from individuals across the country.
The SOHA has three collections currently underway, including the Niagara-on-the-Lake Tennis Club Collection, a Women’s Hockey Collection, and the Canada Games Collection. The SOHA aims to expand their reach into different areas of sports history in the future. Oral histories are a useful method of gathering information about the lives and memories of different people, places, and events in Canadian sports history. This archive gathers and houses the stories of athletic superstars, amateur athletes and everyday individuals, highlighting through their experiences the value of sports and culture in society.
Created by Brock University faculty in 2020, the SOHA is rooted in academic professionalism. Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak of the Department of History, and Dr. Julie Stevens of the Department of Sport Management lead the SOHA team in sourcing, developing, and sharing the archival collections.