Oral 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
- The Eric Walz History 300 Collection, 2002-Present (MSSI 37): This collection of oral histories was gathered by students in a History 300 course. Topics range from servicemen and women, wars, and ethnicity in the Upper Snake River Valley.
- Harold Forbush Oral History Collection: History of the Upper Snake River Valley (MSSI 50): Harold Forbush, along with other assistants, gathered over 150 interviews with local people to document the history of the Snake River Valley. This collection, with its large scope and variety of information, is one of our most valuable collections pertaining to local history.
- David L Crowder Oral History Collection: History of Idaho and the Northwest (MSSI 82): Oral histories conducted by students in David Crowder's Idaho and the Northwest History course. Topics primarily include WWI and the Great Depression.
- Dr. Andrea Radke Women's Oral History Project (MSSI 92): Dr. Radke-Moss taught a history course with an oral history element. Topics primarily pertain to women's history.
- Teton Flood Oral History Project (MSSI 02): One year after the flood, Ricks College, the Idaho Sate Historical Society, and Utah State University developed a joint project to record the experiences of individuals who lived through the flood.
- Idaho Archives Interviews (MSSI 93)
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.