Existing Oral History Sites
This list is a selective, annotated compilation of the many existing
oral history projects, programs and collections dedicated to recording
and preserving the experiences of veterans and civilians. Ranging
from short-term classroom projects to the long-term institutional
commitments of universities and historical societies to the focused
collection efforts of the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces,
these oral history programs have been a constant source of encouragement
and inspiration for the Veterans History Project.
The Veterans History Project has compiled a web-based listing
of those sites which have preceded or which compliment our own.
The main criteria used to choose sites for this list
were accessibility and authority.
for Life Stories Preservation
Links to individual stories from World War II to the Gulf
County, Indiana Oral History Project
Includes interviews and photographs from World War II and the
U.S. Coast Guard website. Includes oral histories from former
commandants, general oral histories, and primarily WWII experiences;
is expanding and has already added Viet Nam experiences.
U.S. Naval Institute
Oral History Program
Comprehensive, tape-recorded interviews with people
who have made history in the naval profession; these interviews
are then transcribed, annotated, indexed, and bound. Have also
included some specialized projects involving early WAVE officers,
and Vietnam War prisoners of war.
World War I
The World War I Document Archive
Archive of primary documents from World War I; links
to numerous memorials and personal reminiscences, with links to
other WWI sites worldwide.
World War II
70 Infantry Division
Includes 3 reels of combat footage, discovered in the
National Archives, featuring the 70th Infantry Division.
Group (H) Memorial Association
Site includes photos, music, memorabilia, and over
A collection of 17 stories about members of the 384th
BG, submitted by veterans and their relatives. Also contains photographs.
392nd Bomb Group
Includes stories and diaries of those who flew in the
B-24, also links to extensive research and documentation on POW
Albert R. Panebianco=s
Account of his experiences in the 45th Infantry Division,
157th Regiment; includes many links to main infantry division
and armored division sites
Airpower Heritage Museum
World War II Veterans Oral History Program; has a significant
collection of over 2,000 oral histories from WW II veterans
of 666: A Memoir of World War II
Personal memoir of combat by Corporal Nathan Blumberg and Nathaniel
Force Base Museum: WWII Oral Histories
Includes histories, as well as numerous links to related
Oryoku Maru Online
On the transport of American POWs aboard the Oryoku
Maru, from Dec. 13, 1944 through Jan. 29, 1945; includes links
to survivors' stories, the text of a legal deposition, pages dedicated
to nonsurvivors, as well as links for further research, such as
full text interview with Guy Gabaldon.
Private Art. A Collection
of WWII Letters To and From The Home Front.
This site serves as a tribute to the 86th Chemical
Oral History Archives of World War II
Records the personal experiences of men and women who served
on the homefront and overseas; based on in-depth interviews
of individuals who lived through World War II, beginning with
an initial target group of Rutgers College alumni and Douglass
College alumnae (formerly, New Jersey College for Women). Currently
features about 238 oral history interviews. Interviews are searchable
with Google search engine.
A Scrapbook of Memories from
Navy Veterans Aboard LCI(L)489
Includes memoirs, photos, and links to several other
South Dakota World War
Includes "Stories from the Front" and Testimonies
from the Midwest and South Dakota WW II Veterans and the Concentration
Stalag Luft I
Site contains a collection of reminiscences written by the
POWs detailing their experiences during World War II, before
and after being shot down and imprisoned. Includes photos and
poetry as well as links to numerous other ex-POW sites. Also
contains watercolor drawings, cartoons, sketches and carvings
of the prisoners of war at Stalag Luft I.
Audio clips from over forty veterans and spouses; requires
RealPlayer software. Also includes pages of stories and poems,
interviews, and links to approximately 75 other World War II
sites, some oral.
Patton's "Troubleshooters" and the story of the 702nd
Tank Battalion; includes links to several sites dealing with
The Voices of WWII
for Use in the Classrom
Includes numerous pages of teacher and student resources, lesson
plans and ideas, over 130 interview transcripts, a step by step
"How to do Oral History" section, as well as a wealth
of information on grants, scholarships, contests, and links
to veterans organizations, maps and geographical resources,
research sites, photographs and documents, translations, graves
registration and oral history sites.
did you do in the war, Grandma?
An oral history of Rhode Island women during World War II.
Twenty-six veterans are interviewed by students in the Honors
English Program at South Kingstown High School.
War Project.(Recollections from the Front)
In addition to recollections, includes information for locating
KIA-MIA-WIA, unit messages, maps.
Korean War 50th
Anniversary Commemoration site.
Includes interviews and images.
Viet Nam War
Arkansas University- Memories of America's War Oral History Project--Memories
of Veterans Coordinated through SAU's History Department
Includes interviews with a
WWII and a Viet Nam War veteran.
Persian Gulf War
Includes firsthand accounts of soldiers and pilots in
the battlefield who were captured by the Iraqis and interrogated;
transcripts as well as audio.