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Oral History Projects in North America


Canadian Oral History Association


The Canadian Oral History Association was formed to help the diverse individuals and groups who express an interest in oral history and to deal with these problems by providing a clearing-house for information and a link among projects underway across Canada.

The links section will take you to other oral history projects in Canada.

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United States

1968: The Whole World Was Watching


Rhode Islanders recollect 1968 and the events surrounding it.

What Did You Do In The War Grandma?


Rhode Islanders recall the lives of women during World War II.

Act Up Oral History Project


The ACT-UP Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.

Alaska and polar regions


The Oral History Program was established in 1981 to collect, preserve, and provide access to audio and video recordings that provide insight into Alaska’s history and the people who have contributed to its heritage. Includes a project jukebox.

The Pryor Centre for Arkansas Oral and Visual History


The Pryor Center was created in 1999 and has the mission to document the cultural heritage of Arkansans by collecting oral and moving image resources, and to share those resources with scholars, students, and the public.

Bland County History Archives, Virginia


Featuring transcripts of oral interviews conducted by the students of Rocky Gap High School.

Born in Slavery and Voices from the Days of Slavery


'Born in Slavery' is Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938, containing more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. 'Voices from the days of Slavery' are recordings which present the actual interview and thereby provide the unique experience of hearing the ex-slaves' voices with their own inflections and various regional dialects.

Brooklyn Historical Society


Began their oral history project in 2006 to collect important audio documents: primary sources about people, ideas, and events that make up the history of 21st century Brooklyn.

California Stories


Projects in California which use a variety of methods for recording the stories of communities.

UCLA Library Centre for Oral History Research


The mission of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research is to document the history of Southern California and the Los Angeles metropolitan region through oral history interviews. In addition to interviews conducted by its own staff, the center accepts donated interviews that enhance its collecting areas. Its staff members also undertake selected grant-funded projects that cover subjects beyond the Southern California area.

Capitol Hill History Project


Politicians aren't the only people in the Capitol Hill, Washington DC, area.

CMS Oral History Project


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Oral History Project provides information about the history of CMS programs and their impact upon the nation from the perspective of many key participants.

Center for Oral History, University of Connecticut


Historians develop source material through a program of tape recorded interviews. Tapes, transcripts, and related materials are housed at the Centre and these archives are open to students and professional researchers. Also home of the New England Association for Oral History. Links to many other projects.

Center for the Quilt Online


The voices and stories of quiltmakers from across the USA.

Columbia University Oral History Research Office



The focus of the collection is United States political and cultural history. However, it also contains large projects on the history of China and Argentina, and some scattered interviews from other countries. We also have major collections in the history of the popular arts, social activism, and social welfare, and in business history.

Densho Website


Densho's mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. They offer these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all.

Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project


The collection is composed of taped interviews conducted by the Women's Studies Institute with participants in the Movement. These interviews describe participants' efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the state of Georgia and relate to their participation in religious, political, and other organizations involved.

Greenwich Library Oral History Project


The history of Greenwich since 1890. 700 interviews.

Centre for Oral History at University of Hawaii


Established in 1976 by the Hawai‘i State Legislature. COH preserves the recollections of Hawai‘i’s people through oral interviews and disseminates oral history transcripts to researchers, students, and the general community.

History and Politics Out Loud


A searchable multimedia database documenting and delivering authoritative audio relevant to American history and politics.

Historical Voices


The purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century

Houston Oral History Project


Streamed oral history videos with Houstonians at the Houston Public Library Digital Archives

Indiana University Oral History Research Center.


Devoted to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of memories and oral traditions. The center takes a special interest in American history in general and the history of Indiana and the Midwest in particular.

Iowa State University


The Women in Chemistry Oral History Project - an oral history project focusing on women in chemistry and chemical engineering.

Iowa Women Artists


The Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project records and preserves the voices of women visual artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork.

Italian Oral History Institute


Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and make accessible materials relating to the culture and history of Italians in California.

John F. Kennedy Library Oral History Project


The oral history program is one of the oldest continuing activities of the John F. Kennedy Library.

I Can Almost See the Lights of Home - A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky


Termed an "aural essay" by joint authors Alessandro Portelli and Charles Hardy III, this extended and pathbreaking audio work explores place, form, time, and the act of historical interpretation.

Kentucky Oral History Commission


Over 150 oral history interviews (as of January 2005) on file at the Kentucky Historical Society documenting, through oral history interviews, the struggle to end legal segregation in Kentucky between 1930 and 1975.

Latinos and Latinas World War II Oral History Project


Based in the Department of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.



LGBTRAN (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender) is designing and implementing an oral history project to capture the voices and memories of the early pioneers in the LGBT religious movements. Part of the Religious Archives Network.

The Port of Los Angeles


As part of the 2007 centennial anniversary celebration, interviews were conducted with more than 100 members of the harbor community past and present.Short clips presented on this site.

University of Maine - Hudson Museum


Videos to support the teaching of Maine Indian History and Culture. High resolution videos photographed in HD.

Miller Center for Public Affairs


The Miller Center gathers new knowledge about the American presidency and government, shares that knowledge with scholars, officials and the public, and contributes to the contemporary debate about public policy.

Mississippi Oral History Project


A statewide initiative to record Mississippians talking about their experiences.

University of Southern Mississippi


Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive

Nevada Test Site Oral History Project


The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a comprehensive program dedicated to documenting, preserving and disseminating the remembered past of persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing.

New Haven Oral History Project


The New Haven Oral History Project records interviews about New Haven's past, and pursues interrelated archival, scholarly, and community goals.

New Jersey Latino Oral History Collection


Latino Oral Histories are intrinsic to the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center's mission to document and preserve the history of Latinos in the state of New Jersey.

Northwest Oral History Association


A regional organization of oral historians, users of oral histories, and others interested in the collection and preservation of historically significant memories through recorded interviews. NOHA's focus is Pacific Northwest history, including Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Old Westbury Oral History Project


A digital history of SUNY (State University of New York) College at Old Westbury’s early years, features filmed oral histories, transcripts, photographs, and primary documents.

Oral History Association (USA)


The Oral History Association, established in 1966, seeks to bring together all persons interested in oral history as a way of collecting human memories.

Out in the Redwoods


Four Decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered History at UC Santa Cruz

The Presidential Oral History Program


The Presidential Oral History Program is systematically and comprehensively debriefing the principal figures in the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Clinton, with plans to do the same for future presidents.

Regional Oral History Office at the Bancroft Library, California


The history of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and the Western United States. Links to oral history collections, events, and resources at the library. Collections include the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement, the Free Speech Movement (FSM) Digital Archives, and Bioscience and Biotechnology Oral Histories.

Rutgers Oral History Archives


Recording the personal experiences of the men and women who served on the homefront and overseas. The archive is based on in-depth interviews of individuals who lived through World War II, beginning with an initial target group of Rutgers College alumni and Douglass College alumnae (formerly, New Jersey College for Women).

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

Veterans of Seattle's civil rights campaigns tell their stories in streaming video oral histories.

Slavonic Web Oral Histories


Based in San Francisco, men and women connected with the Slavonic Cultural Center share their stories and their songs in recorded interviews. These oral histories highlight the stories of growing up Croatian American.

Social Security Online


The Social Security Administration has a strong commitment to oral history as an important part of its history program.

The South Dakota Oral History Center


The Institute of American Indian Studies administers one of the largest oral history collections of its kind in the United States. The South Dakota Oral History Center's archives contain over 5,200 recorded interviews. The Center is a combination of two distinct collections; the American Indian Research Project and the South Dakota Oral History Project.

Southern Foodways Alliance

Integral to an appreciation and understanding of the diverse food cultures of the American South is the collection and preservation of the stories behind the food. This Oral History Initiative seeks to capture stories of Southerners who grow, create, serve, and consume food and drink

Southern Oral History Program


Based at the University of North Carolina, for more than 27 years the SOHP has worked to document and understand the history of this region. The SOHP's oral history research collection comprises more than 2,500 interview audio tapes and related materials.

Studs Terkel


Conversations with America - the Studs Terkel website.

Talking Across the Lines


Oral history from the Appalachians. Includes gay and lesbian histories, family history, and folklore.

Texas Legacy Project


The Conservation History Association of Texas online archive of video, audio, text, and other materials collected through interviews and correspondence with the people who have shaped and continue to influence the protection of Texas natural resources.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington


One of the largest and most diverse resources for Holocaust testimonies in the world. The collection contains over 7,000 interviews, of which approximately 4,500 are video and 2,500 are audio. These testimonies enable students, researchers, and the general public to see and hear the first-hand accounts of those who experienced, witnessed, or perpetrated the events of the Holocaust.

Veteran's History Project


The Veterans History Project focuses on World War I (1914-1920), World War II (1939-1946), and the Korean (1950-1955), Vietnam (1961-1975), and Persian Gulf (1990-1995) wars. It includes all participants in those wars - men and women, civilian and military.

Vietnam Centre Oral History Project


An element of the Vietnam Archive, the mission of the Oral History Project is to create and preserve a more complete record of the wars in Southeast Asia by preserving, through recorded interviews, the recollections and experiences of the men and women who participated in these wars, as well as those military and civilian personnel involved in activities surrounding the wars on the homefront.

Virginia Tech History Project


Oral histories from the first Black women to attend Virginia Tech. The interviews focus on the entry experience and the interviewees' perceptions of the climate and attitudes within the university community particularly as pertains to race and gender.



The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive of California State University, Long Beach. This site provides access to the full audio recordings of oral histories that have been deposited in Special Collections of the University Library

Wayne State University - Walter P. Reuther Library


The Oral History Collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library contains individual interviews regarding American labor history and Detroit urban affairs. Conducted in the 1950s – 2000s (bulk 1970s-2000s), major topics include working women; local, state, and national politics; radical social and labor movements; education; Detroit African-American communities; and union leadership and rank-and-file experiences.

Wisconsin - U.S. Forest Products Lab Centennial Oral History Project


This collection includes digital audio recorded interviews with current and former employees of the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Women in Military Service for America


Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. based in Washington, DC.

Worcestor Women's Oral History Project

The Worcester Women’s Oral History Project aims to record, collect, and share the personal and historical memories of women throughout the broader Worcester community.

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Last updated: 06/01/2014
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