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Oral History  

This guide offers resources to learn about oral history.
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is oral history, and why is it useful?

Oral history is an unique way to study history.  It allows a researcher to hear about the past from someone who lived it.

An oral history interview is considered to be a primary source because it comes directly from a person who experienced a particular event or time period.

Taking on an oral history project is a wonderful opportunity to not only learn yourself, but also to contribute a recording of your interview so that others can learn from the source as well.


Why primary sources?

"Primary sources provide a window into the past—unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period." -Library of Congress

By using primary sources you can draw your own informed conclusions - you get to be the historian!


Video: How to do Oral History

Watching this video will give you an overview of how to do an oral history project.


Video: How to Use TCC's Technology and Information Resources


Oral History at TCC

At TCC, oral history projects have already captured many distinctive voices from the College's history and from its present.  TCC staff and students have interviewed retired and current faculty, staff and students.  The recordings of these interviews are in the TCC Archive and can be accessed by students on request.  Find the TCC Archive's open hours and other info on our web page.

Student Tempest Day from Christie Fierro's Communications 220 interviews Olga Webstad, Spring Quarter 2013.

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