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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at the University of Oxford who are interested in Oral History. Students and researchers from related fields may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about the different resources, print and online, for oral history.


This LibGuide was created by Laura Johnson, the History Faculty Library Graduate Trainee from 2012-13, as her project for the year.

Many thanks go to her hard work.

Newly bookmarked websites

This box links to the Bodleian History Faculty Library's Diigo account, which bookmarks websites relevant to the study of History.

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This LibGuide has two principle aims. Firstly, to provide an introduction to the use and conduct of oral history for the purposes of historical research. Secondly, to provide a set of links to British and Irish, English-language oral history projects and resources available online.

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All the websites featured have also been bookmarked on the History Faculty Library's Delicious account.

Warning: We aim to keep this LibGuide as up-to-date as possible.  The nature of the funding for some of these projects, however,  means that websites may be taken down without notice resulting in broken links.

Getting Started

If you are thinking of conducting oral history interviews or including oral history resources in your work, the University of Oxford History Faculty is currently preparing guidelines for carrying out and using oral history interviews.

For more guidance see the Key Resources tab.

New Oral History Projects

New oral history projects are beginning all the time.  These are just a selection of projects currently in progress.  Some of the content collected in the course of the projects is due to be made accessible online.  There may even still be an opportunity to get involved.

Introductory Reading