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This guide is designed to help you find research and resources in the field of History.

Why Use Oral Histories?

Oral history is the collection and study of interviews with people who experienced or observed past events. An oral history may be a sound recording, video recording, or a transcription. Oral histories are objective and provide personal narrations and recollections of the past. 

Oral History Archives

  • Cuban Heritage Collection Digital Records
    • Explore digital collections including oral histories, manuscripts, photographs, and more related to Cuban heritage. Access is provided by the University of Miami Digital Collections.
  • Digital Collections of The National World War II Museum
    • Oral histories and photographs from veterans and civilians. Access provided by the National World War II Museum. 
  • Presidential Speeches and Oral Histories
    • Explore famous presidential speeches, oral histories, and more. Access is provided by the Miller Center, a non-partisan affiliate of the University of Virginia.
  • Rutgers Oral History Archives
    • Free oral histories and transcriptions related to New Jersey residents who served during times of conflict
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Oral History Archive
    • Testimonies and interviews by individuals who experienced the Holocaust, including Jews, Roma, political prisoners, and more. Access provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • Survivors Testimonies
    • Free digital collections of interviews and testimonies by individuals who experienced the Holocaust. Access provided by the Yad Vashem Center for Holocaust Research. 
  • Voces Oral History Project
    • Oral histories from Latinos and Latinas veterans and civilians from World War II to the present.
  • Veteran's History Project
    • Personal accounts from American war veterans. Interviews date from World War I to the present. Access is provided by the Library of Congress.