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Oral History Around the World

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Also useful is the Oral History Society's recources page - http://www.oralhistory.org.uk/resources.php

Global sites



The number of languages in the world is diminishing while the number of initiatives to digitize language data is multiplying. Consensus must be reached about certain aspects of archive infrastructure. The primary goal of E-MELD is to promote this consensus.

International Oral History Society


Includes links to other sites around the world.

Journal for Multimedia History


A journal of history that uses hypertext and multimedia technologies to merge audio, video, graphics, and text into a form that can only be communicated on the World Wide Web (WWW) or on CD-ROM/DVD mediums.

Mountain Voices


This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.



An Oral Testimony Project designed to gather, publish and amplify the voices and opinions of the so-called beneficiaries of development - people who want to speak for themselves rather than be heard through the medium of outsiders or "experts".



Australian Generations


Because of dramatic social, technical and environmental changes in the past century, the experience of family may be very different for people born in 1938, 1958 or 1988. This project will examine the formation and significance of Australian generations.

Golden Threads


The Chinese in regional NSW, Australia.

Hear Her Voice


Hear Her Voice presents the stories of women in the migration process. It looks at their dreams, aspirations, family ties, disappointments and achievements, while capturing some of the diversity of cultural background, patterns of immigration and experiences of settling.

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection


Oral History Association of Australia


Redcliffe Remembers

This web site is a companion to the book, “Redcliffe Remembers: the War Years 1939 – 1949” published November 2004. Through this site we hope to present the unique social and cultural history of Redcliffe during the decade 1939-1949 covering the War Years and the first few years after the war.

Simply Australia


Online magazine looking at folklore, oral and social history, music, song etc.


The Society of Oral History on Modern China


This website is based in the USA.




A Scholarly Online Journal in Folklore Studies produced by the Finnish Folklore Society. Includes material about oral history in other Nordic and Baltic countries.


A Story to Tell


The aim of this project is to support older people with intellectual disabilities to tell their life-stories and to develop a website to house these stories so they become a valuable social record of Irish history that is accessible to other people with intellectual disabilities, family members and supporters, and members of the wider community.

Women in Irish Society Project


Illuminating the transformation of women's lives in Irish society over time and place, through sociological, literary and applied social research.




Women's Archives set up as not just a collection centre but to create an archive which would be more vibrant and more communicative. The Women's Archives was conceived as an organisation which would bring people together; an archive which would be an agent of conscientisation.

Tibet Oral History Project


The Tibet Oral History Project (TOHP) aims to preserve the true history of the Tibetan people.


Oral History Weekly


Oral History Weekly Magazine wishes to create a suitable place for thoughts and idea development. Its main field would be “Oral History” and subjects as telling & writing memoirs, writing diaries, travelogues, chronologies, and all other subfields of history which are presented in the form of news, articles, reports, notes, interviews and memoirs.


Preserving Kyrgystan's History


While scholars have spent a great deal of time combing through archives in Moscow and studying how the major events of the Soviet period affected Russia, much less of this type of research has been done on Central Asia. But the people of the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – experienced the Soviet period in different ways than Russians or Eastern Europeans.

This project was designed to collect and preserve some of their experiences. None of the researchers involved in this project were historians. For that reason, the goal of the project was simply to collect these stories before their tellers are no longer around to share them. We hope that they will be interpreted and analyzed by future historians.

New Zealand

From Memory - New Zealand's War Oral History Programme


From Memory records the voices of New Zealanders who have served their country in time of war: soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses and the thousands of other personnel at home and overseas

Long Journey for Sevenpence.


The story of assisted immigration to New Zealand from the United Kingdom 1947–1975.

National Library of New Zealand Oral History Centre


Includes links to several oral history projects in New Zealand.


The Citizens' Archive of Pakistan


The Citizens Archive of Pakistan is a not-for-profit educational institution and heritage centre established in February 2007 with the aim of strengthening civil society and reigning in the creativity of Pakistanis, allowing them to express and explore their heritage and history.


National Archives of Singapore Oral History Centre


South Africa

Centre for Popular Memory


Recording peoples' stories.

Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy


Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this remarkable story.



In Zulu sinomlando means: "we have a history". The Sinomlando Project (formerly known as Oral History Project) started at the School of Theology, University of Natal, in 1994 as a way of developing a new vision about the history of Christianity in Southern Africa.


Oral Memories


The Oral Memories Project aims at being a platform for the national and international promotion of emerging and mid-career artists. This project is made by a series of audiovisual interviews with these artists, where they talk about the aesthetic and conceptual approaches that their creative projects bring together in their work.


Oral History Project of the Vietnam Archive


The Vietnam Archive is dedicated to preserving the records and artifacts of the Wars in Southeast Asia. The Oral History Project is interviewing American, Allied, and Vietnamese military and civilian personnel.


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