The term oral history has many interpretations and potential examples. The Oral History Association, the most prominent association of its kind in the United States, defines oral history interviews as a “verbal document” that two or more people produce with “the conscious intention of creating a permanent record to contribute to an understanding of the past.” The William H. Berge Oral History Center defines oral history as unrehearsed recorded interviews that range from in-depth biographical narratives of individuals to first (or second) hand accounts of local, regional, national or international events. Oral History interviews in the Berge Center can be topical or thematic in nature, and sometimes include more than one interviewing session. Regardless of the length or number of interviews in a collection, the outcome is always the same--the creation of unique and publicly accessible primary sources over a given topic, event, place or person.
Below you will find three Berge Center collections that reliably focus on various place based concepts that will prove useful while researching your project topics and possibilities for inspiration. Although, the three are excellent examples of place based studies there are numerous other collections that may lend themselves well to a wide range of place based theoretical concepts, subject areas, or locales. Some interviews are fully indexed, whereas others may require a digitization request .
Don't quite find what you're looking for? Feel free to reach out to EKU Oral Historian Neil Kasiak (firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-622-2820) to schedule a convenient consultation to dig deeper into the Berge Center collection of interviews.
Special Note: Interview records are added to the Berge Center site as time and resources allow. Consequently, not all interview items from a collection are posted on the Berge Center site. To more easily discern which interviews are available online from those that require a digitization request through Special Collections and Archives, scroll to the bottom of the collection and click the "View All ____ Items" button to see a fully itemized list. The interviews that are immediately available will have a small thumbnail image with headphones on the right hand side of the page.