What is an oral history?
Many of the narratives in the Veterans History Project collection take the form of an oral history interview.
The Oral History Association offers this definition:
“Oral history refers both to a method of recording and preserving oral testimony and to the product of that process. It begins with an audio or video recording of a first person account made by an interviewer with an interviewee (also referred to as narrator), both of whom have the conscious intention of creating a permanent record to contribute to an understanding of the past. A verbal document, the oral history, results from this process and is preserved and made available in different forms to other users, researchers, and the public.”
Additional Ways to Contact Us
Send written correspondence to:
Veterans History Project
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540