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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.
"Located in Penn's Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 453, this musical research library, international, and multi-lingual in scope, is a collection of approximately 5,300 Judaic sound recordings, in various formats (78, 45 and 33rpm, reel to reel and cassette tapes, compact discs, videos and DVDs)." You can listen to a small sample of recordings online.
Search collection descriptions from thousands of museums, archives, and libraries. For the most part, these collections are not available online.
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 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OriginalNipper.jpg
Collections on early recording, folk music and culture, slave narratives, vaudeville, wartime interviews, and more. Most collections are multi-format but have an audio page or an option to filter for sound records. You can also search by subject or keyword within one or more collections.
"Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds."
Designed as an expansive repository of aural resources, the purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century - the first large-scale repository of its kind.
"[I]ncludes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more."
Hosted at Temple Special Collections Research Center. Phillips "between c. 1974 and 1980 interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s"