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Oral history generally refers to the collection of personal stories of the people who have observed history, regardless of the medium used to record those accounts. As a scholarly topic, oral history includes the study of the methodology and meaning of this approach, as opposed to the written, document-based history pursued in other fields.
Oral History at UW-L has a number of significant resources and active or completed projects, undertaken by students and faculty alike. More than 3,000 hours of recorded interview are available in Murphy Library.
Completed oral history projects are made available to researchers and the public through Murphy Library Special Collections, and can be accessed widely through the Area Research Center network. The Mississippi River Valley project collected interviews with area residents about the personal experiences and environmental history of the river. Other projects include stories from the All-American Girls Professional League Oral History Collection, LGBT interviews, interviews with educators about UW-L history, and the Gays Mills project interviews. Recordings and (many times) transcripts or these projects and more can be found by searching Arcat or the Murphy Library Catalog.
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