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Oral Histories at the University Archives: Oral Histories at the University Archives

Oral Histories at the University Archives

What Are Oral Histories?

Oral histories are audio or video interviews in which the interviewee gives his/her/their personal recollections of the past. They are an important tool for recording and preserving first-hand accounts of historical events and can often help to fill in the historical record where no other documentation has survived.

For more information on oral histories, check out the Oral History Association's website.

Oral Histories at the University Archives

Individual oral histories may also be found in the records and papers of many Duke administrators, faculty, and staff members. Try searching the Rubenstein Library catalog on "oral history" (limit your results to "University Archives Only") to find more examples.

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Accessing Duke University Archives Materials

The Duke University Archives, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is the official repository for the historical records of Duke University. Visit our website to learn more about us!

The materials described in this guide may be used in the Rubenstein Library's reading room.

Please note that university administrative records are restricted for 25 years after the date of origin, except with written permission from the office that created the records. Board of Trustees records are restricted for 50 years after the date of origin, except with written permission from the Board of Trustees. Find more information about University Archives access policies.

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