Oral History and Sound Recordings

Prior to the establishment of the oral history program in 1991, the Mitchell Library had been receiving oral history and sound recordings for some years. Usually these recordings were a part of a larger collection of papers. Some dedicated oral history projects had been acquired as well.

After 1991 the Library became pro-active in seeking material to add to the oral history collection.

The Original Material Branch continues to collect oral history material through donation, purchase or assisted by the Federal Government's cultural gifts program.

Scope of the collections

Oral history in this Library documents the lives of people living in New South Wales. It frequently complements the written record and may expand it further. It also gives a voice to those who may previously have been denied the chance to contribute to the written or printed recording of history. The recording by an informed interviewer of people's experiences provides insights into society, not only to its history, but changing values and attitudes.

Collection strengths include:

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