Oral History Centers and Collections

  • American Memory from the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. contains primary source materials on American culture and history. Contributions of the Library of Congress to the National Digital Library. Collection includes prints & photos, documents, motion pictures, and sound recordings. Most sources are in the public domain. Includes a search function.


  • Baylor University Institute for Oral History, in Waco, Texas, practicing professional oral history since 1970, offers useful oral history instruction through its Workshop on the Web, including an introduction to the basics of interviewing, tips for collecting family oral histories, and the Baylor University Transcribing Style Guide. A majority of the 5500+ interviews in the collection are available online in transcript format, and audio files are now also gradually being added.



  • California State University Long Beach - Oral History Program in Long Beach, California. Oral History at CSULB is an instructional program offering students an enhanced knowledge of the techniques and methodologies of oral information gathering and its uses in teaching and research. It also serves as an oral history resource for educational and community groups.


  • Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, features resources for photographers, writers, filmmakers, scholars of history and literature, teachers, students, and others who struggle to participate in the lives of individuals and communities and to render these lives in documentary works of artistic, literary, and social value.




  • Georgia Government Documentation Project at the Georgia State Library in Atlanta, Georgia, documents the state's political heritage through oral history interviews and collections of associated papers. The GGDP collection includes more than 250 interviews with former governors, legislators, women in politics, African American political activists and leaders, journalists, and numerous other public figures. In addition to the interviews generated by the project, the GGDP actively collects interviews conducted by other scholars of Georgia politics.