Oral Histories

History of the Project

The Evanston History Center (EHC) began collecting oral history interviews in 1970. Over the years these interviews have been added to and the collection now numbers almost 500 interviews. Most interviews were recorded on cassette tapes.

In 2015, EHC received a grant from the Illinois State Records Advisory Board (through funding from the National History the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration) to completely digitize the oral history collection. The taped interviews were transferred to MP3 files, for ease of access, and to WAV files for long-term preservation.

Access to Oral History Files

All of the interviews are now available at the history center. To access the audio files of the interviews you can visit EHC during our research hours, or by appointment with the archivist. If you are not able to visit Evanston, access may be available but restrictions may apply.

A complete list of all of the interviews and other details about the collection can be found by clicking here. For most interviews, transcripts are not available. Where they are available, they are listed.

For more information, email glehner@evanstonhistorycenter.org.

EHC wishes to thank the Illinois State Records Advisory Board, the NHPRC, and the National Archives for their support of this project.

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