Voices of the People

Oral Histories are a wonderful way to create a primary source, as well as listen to auto-biographical recollections of a person.  Oral history sources are often conducted with everyday people to capture their perspective, their voice, and a record of the live of everyday people.  Harvard Library has collections of oral histories, as well as research instruction for you to create your own.

Collections & Repositories of Oral History

Conducting Oral History

Guidance on creating an oral history project:

Recording Oral History

  • Access video tutorials for supported hardware and software, and pointers to additional documentation.
  • Learn Software Recording and Transcription Platforms: Panopto, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom
  • Visit Us on the Virtual Media Lab Canvas Page and Slack Channel:  https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/73232/external_tools/33436

Transcribing Oral History