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Oral History and Sound Research Guide

As Oral History Australia celebrates their bi-annual conference, we're celebrating with the launch of the Oral History and Sound Research Guide.


As part of the Library's commitment to documenting life in NSW, we've been actively collecting oral history and sound since the 1980's. The voices and memories of the people of New South Wales have been preserved through the preservation of  oral histories, radio interviews, talks, podcasts, performances and seminars.

Whether you're an academic, a student, an author, a family historian or local historian, a professional researcher or simply interested in a particular topic, our online guide to Oral History and Sound will help you to discover the Library's diverse collections.

The guide explains how to find, then access, different parts of the Library's collection, including:

  • Amplify - a platform designed to access and deliver audio collections from our sound archive, alongside computer-generated transcripts. 

  • Catalogue search - 12,000 hours of analogue and reel to reel taped interviews and sound artifacts, recently digitised to enhance online access in the future.

  • Collection Highlights - Our librarians loved collating their favourite pieces of the Library's collection!

In addition to improving access to the Oral History and Sound collection of the State Library of NSW, we've also assembled a list of other Library and online resources to support your research.