Oral History Collections

Oral History Collections

In Special Collections

Washingtoniana collects and preserves community-based oral histories that reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Washington, DC. Our oral history community archive is comprised of donated collections, as well as oral history projects conducted by members of our staff.

Many oral history collections are available digitally (see below). Transcripts and/or indexes are available for most of the interviews.


List of Oral History Collections

Dig DC (Digital Collections)

Collections by Name of Interviewee

Listen Now!

Selected oral history collections are now available online on Dig DC. Listen to first-hand accounts of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom now!

Share Your Story

Washingtoniana accepts oral histories that support our mission as a leading repository of local Washington, DC history. We also collect community-based oral histories that reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Washington, DC. Please contact us below for more information.


Please contact the Archivist by email at archives.dcpl@dc.gov (preferred) or by phone at 202-727-2272 for more information about the oral history collections. 

DC Oral History Collaborative

The DC Oral History Collaborative was initiated in 2016 as a partnership project of the Historical Society of Washington, DC, HumanitiesDC, with the DC Public Library as the sponsoring agency. The initiative responds to a growing need to preserve unrecorded Washington history that may be lost as communities experience demographic shifts, as older residents pass away, and as stories that once were written now may only live in digital media. The Collaborative aims to document and preserve the stories and memories of residents by making existing oral history recordings more accessible, and giving residents the training and financial resources they need to conduct quality interviews. 

Read more about the Collaborative and apply for grants at http://dcoralhistories.org

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