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British Library: Oral History

Driven by the principle that "oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past," British Library Sounds collects thousands of recordings from across the globe. The recordings are cataloged in various formats, from the interactive Sound Maps (featured in the 08-23-2013 Scout Report) to the Oral History section highlighted here. The Oral History collection seeks to "provide insights into many aspects of UK personal memory, identity, and experience." The collection is organized topically, allowing users to easily gravitate to a subject of interest such as Charity & Social Welfare; Industry: Water, Steel & Energy; and Pioneering Women. After selecting an initial topic, most of the recordings are further sorted by interviewee (alphabetical) or subject (examples include education and medicine). Readers with a particular subject in mind can search the collection using the query bar in the upper-right corner. Users may want to select the "Only recordings everyone can play" option before searching to ensure open-access results are returned. Each record includes an abstract, related transcripts, and embedded recording.
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