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URBS 403: Urban Oral Histories, Voices and Storytelling : Overview

Oral Histories at the Penn Libraries

You can find oral history resources available at the Penn Libraries through the Franklin catalog.   Do an advanced search for oral history as a subject combined with topics or geographic areas of interest as keywords to find materials. Our holdings consist primarily of published collections of oral history and works related to theory and method. 

Freedman Jewish Sound Archive

Oral Histories & Audio Archives beyond Penn


This research guide is intended to connect students with audio archive resources, primarily those available online. Unless otherwise noted, these resources are freely available to access. This guide is intended to represent a selection of available resources and is not comprehensive. 

Barraud, F. (1895).  Dog looking at and listening to a phonograph. [Digital image]. Retrieved from

Online Archives (Audio)

Online Archives (Audiovisual)

Online Archives (Transcripts)

Equipment Lending

The Vitale Digital Media Lab lends

  • Videocameras
  • Audio recorders and microphones
  • Digital SLR cameras
  • Chargers for cellphones and Mac laptops
  • Projectors and screens
  • Computer cables and adapters

for up to 3 days at a time to PennCard holders. 

Oral History Project Directories

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