Oral History Program

Who are we?

Established in 1968, the Oral History Program (OHP) collects, preserves, and promotes the use of local oral history recordings related to western Wisconsin and the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Our collection contains approximately 900 unique interviews. Our oral histories chronicle the collective memory and stories of our region.

OHP works with Murphy Library Special Collections and Area Research Center to preserve oral history materials including audio recordings and transcripts. These materials are available to researchers, community members, and interviewees' family members. 

We are involved in a multi-year project to make our oral histories available online. A small portion of our collection is currently available on Murphy Library Digital Collections.

If you would like to learn more, contact us at: oralhistory@uwlax.edu


Collection Strengths 

  • Immigration and ethnic history
  • Early-mid 20th century urban and labor history
  • Environmental history
  • UWL institutional history
  • Veterans’ experiences
  • Women’s history
  • Rural Wisconsin history
  • La Crosse music scene 

We also have several small, but significant, collections focused on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Syrian and Lebanese-American identity in La Crosse, Hmong immigration and Hmong-American community building in La Crosse.