Oral Histories in Special Collections

Collections with Finding Aids and Additional Resources


Collection Title

Christopher B. Martin Oral History Collection
Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection

Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project


All Collections listed A to Z


Collection Title


African Americans in Harrisonburg

Axis Prisoners of War

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Immigrant Oral Histories
not yet open for research

Blue Ridge Families

Bluegrass Music in the Shenandoah Valley

Christopher B. Martin Oral History Collection

Church of the Good Shepherd

Comparison of Private Versus Public Education in Rockingham County, Virginia

Court Square, Harrisonburg

Drugs in the Valley: fifty years of Merck and Co.

Fading Rural Lifeways in the Bergton/Criders Area of Rockingham County

From Horse & Buggy to Man on the Moon

George Washington National Forest

Integration: The African American Experience in Harrisonburg, Virginia

James Madison University: A Social History of Student Life

James Madison University: An Environmental History

John Stewart

JMU Centennial Voices, no. 1

JMU Centennial Voices 2

Life in a CCC Camp

Lucy Simms

Madison College Student Protest, April 1970

New Cultural Pluralism in the Shenandoah Valley

Ronald E. Carrier

School Integration in Waynesboro, Virginia, From an African American Perspective

Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection

Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project

Tanbark Industry in the Shenandoah Valley

Wetsel Seed Company, Inc.

US Forest Service

Searching for Oral Histories in JMU Library Catalog


I have particular search terms and want to limit results to oral histories...

  • From the Special Collections Webpage, you may use the oral histories tab in the search box to limit your search to oral histories.

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  • From the Library webpage, navigate to the JMU Library Catalog, and you can do the same thing:  Do a keyword search in the catalog and limit location and material type as shown below.

Oral History Search Example


List All Oral History Interviews by interview number

  • This will give you a numeric list of all interviews, as seen in the screenshot below.  Most interviews were conducted as part of a person's research on a particular topic or were donated from an organization.  SdArch stands for "Sound Archives."  ex.: an interview numbered SdArch 5-1 is related to an interview numbered SdArch 5-2.

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How do I search among them?

  • Further refine your search by clicking "Limit Search" shown in the screenshot above, which will give you the following options shown below.  The only selection box that will be useful for refining your oral history search is the box shown below that defaults to Title--change that to Author or Subject then enter your name or term.

Limit Search


How do I conduct an Oral History interview?