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Oral Histories

ListeningOral history is a method of recording the past through direct, first-hand accounts of witnesses. These resources are valuable biographical resources as well as important insights into social and cultural movements. These accounts provide a primary source that allows a researcher to visit the past directly through the experience of someone who was there.

Our collections consist of several oral history collections that were gathered through specific projects or by certain oral historians. More collections will be gathered through time as projects are developed.

Oral History Collections

Many transcripts and audio files can be searched using the search field to the right or by following the links. Not all oral histories are available online as many are still in the process of being transcribed. Visit Special Collections in person to read or listen. For a listing of the oral histories, view the finding aid for that collection.