UC Berkeley Library

Oral History Center


Oral history has a long distinguished place at the University of California. Hubert Howe Bancroft conducted oral history interviews beginning in the 1860s in support of his 39-volume history of the West. In 1954, the Regional Cultural History Office was established to conduct oral history interviews with leading citizens in California and the West. In the late 1950s, under the new leadership of Willa Baum, the office was renamed the Regional Oral History Office. In 2014 we became the Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library. Over our many decades of operation, we have conducted over 4,000 interviews on almost every topic imaginable. The vast majority of these interviews have been transcribed and made available via our database.

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