African-American Studies: Oral Histories

Oral Histories

  • Behind the Veil (Duke University Libraries)
    A selection of recorded oral history interviews chronicling African-American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890s to the 1950s.
  • The HistoryMakers 
    The HistoryMakers, established in 1999, is a non-profit institution whose purpose is to record, preserve and disseminate the content of video oral history interviews highlighting the accomplishments of individual African Americans and African-American-led groups and movements. Its aim is to provide a unique scholarly and educational resource for exploring African American history and culture. It has a varied and extensive scope, with over 2,600 interviewees from across the United States, from a variety of fields. The time range covered spans the 1890s to the present.

  • Oral History Initiative (National Museum of African American History & Culture)
    The mission of the Museum’s Oral History Initiative is to document, preserve, and interpret African American stories through the art and practice of oral history. Over 120 video recordings of oral histories are directly accessible through this site.

  • Oral history online   (Alexander Street)
    This release of Oral History Online provides in-depth indexing to more than 2,700 collections of Oral History in English from around the world. The collection also provides keyword searching of more than 329,400 pages of full-text by close to 10,000 individuals from all walks of life.  It also contains pointers to over 4,200 audio and video files.

  • The Oral History Archives at Columbia (OHAC)
    An FAQ page that includes our Oral History Portal, which may be used to explore the OHAC collections at our Rare Book and Manuscript Library.