Why Oral History?

Oral history is a way for one person to pass on his or her story to another person. Better yet, the person who listens also records the conversation (audio or video). Finally, the listener puts the recorded conversation in a place where others can listen (or watch), too. Here is a link to the Oral History Association’s definition of oral history: http://www.oralhistory.org/about/do-oral-history/

At the Oral History Center, we hope to engage students in our work. We are working with Rob Cox, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who will place our oral histories in a public and online archive.