DC Oral History Collaborative Collections Survey

The DC Oral History Collaborative has created an-easy-to use finding guide that documents the locations, metadata, and state of preservation for 30 DC repositories. The Collaborative looked into repositories, cultural institutions, and other organizations currently holding relevant oral history recordings in order to discover the range of existing materials.

In many cases this collections survey is the first publicly available information on invaluable recordings held by dozens of city institutions. By including content information, the survey brings to light gaps in the record of DC lives so that oral historians can build upon (rather than duplicate) existing interviews. Please note that histories of federal agencies or events that are strictly national in nature are not included in this survey, but oral histories that feature Washingtonians employed by the federal government are included.

The Collections Survey

View or Download the Collections Survey Here


Repositories Included in the Survey to Date
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Anacostia Unmapped
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Asbury United Methodist Church
Catholic University of America
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution
Citizens Association of Georgetown
DC Digital Museum, HumanitiesDC
DC Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Office
DC Public Library
Gallaudet University
Historic Chevy Chase DC
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
Masjid Muhammad
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
National Archives for Black Women’s History, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
National Law Enforcement Museum
National Library of Medicine
National Park Service
National Press Club
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Public History Program, American University
Rainbow History Project
The Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project
Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian Institution
Special Collections Research Center, George Washington University
Tudor Place
White House Historical Association

If you would like to let us know about a repository or collection of oral histories not included in this list, please email collectionssurvey@dcoralhistories.org.