About the Oral History Collections
Begun in 1973, the Oral History Collections contain interviews with over 300 narrators and continues to grow. The Collection consists of both legacy projects conducted from 1973 - 1998, and new projects undertaken by the BHS Oral History Program instituted in 2006. The majority of interviews in the Collection were conducted as part of projects centered on a specific theme, such as the Neighborhood of Crown Heights, Puerto Rican Communities, Brooklyn Navy Yard Workers, or the Williamsburg Giglio Festival. There are also a significant number of individual interviews with Brooklynites that are not associated with a larger project.
Whenever possible, BHS gives researchers access to the audio/video of the interviews in addition to the transcripts because voice contains a wealth of information that cannot be translated into text. Transcripts and recordings of interviews can be accessed in the Othmer Library. For more information about identifying oral histories relevant to your research, please see our search the collections page.
Highlights from the Oral History Collections are available on the BHS blog.
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