Oral History Collections in the Region
the 1960s, the collection and use of oral history has been an important
part of historical and archival collections. Oral history projects can
be found in many libraries. The Library of Congress is leading the way
with their Veterans Oral History Project. That on-going effort
advocates the collection, preservation, and use of archived oral
histories collected from World War II veterans, in particular.
promote the collection and use of oral history material, the Rochester
Regional Library Council DHP Regional Archivist began a series of
workshops for librarians, municipal historians, and historical society
members. Any group interested in hosting an oral history workshop can
email RRLC Regional Archivist, Preston Pierce (email@example.com) to schedule a session.
A consolidated list of oral history repositories has been compiled and is available for download. CLICK HERE to download the Western New York Oral History Collections.
While the response from libraries, archives and local historians has
been good, we know that there are many oral history collections
available. The repository list will be periodically updated as
information is received. Working with the Western New York Library Resources Council
(Buffalo), a more comprehensive list of oral history repositories will
soon be available for the entire region west to the Niagara Frontier.