Use the search box above to search for oral histories using keywords from your research topic.
Once you’ve found a collection that you’d like to access, write down the collection name, number, and box numbers you’re interested in. For example, “Alger Hiss Family Papers TAM.314, Boxes 1, 2, & 3”. Bring your list to the Tamiment when you visit us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on how to view them. Please note that some materials are held offsite and may take from two business days to a week to arrive for your use.
An index to the individual interviews in the processed OH collections is available at the Tamiment Library's reference desk.
Columbia University Oral History Office
The resources page is an excellent place to identify major repositories of oral history collections.
International Oral History Association
"A professional association established to provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation of human experience. "
Oral Histories Online
This subscription database from Alexander Street Press provides in-depth indexing to more than 2,700 collections of Oral History in English from around the world.
Using the Advanced search, limit the format to "sound recordings" then search on "oral history" under Keyword to find oral history collections. Add additional Author or Subject terms to focus results.
Carefully researched interviews with labor leaders, rank-and-file workers, and political activists are an important part of the Tamiment collections. Paul Buhle's Oral History of the American Left and Debra Bernhard's New Yorkers at Work are the core oral history collections. The collections also include audiotapes of speeches, concerts, conferences, memorial meetings, union meetings and other public and private events, as well as commercial recordings. Transcripts or summaries are available for many oral history interviews. Donor restrictions govern the use of some interviews.
Following are highlights from the collections. The links below will take you to a finding aid, brief description, or record in BobCat.
*Evaluation questions were adapted from the Library of Congress.