Amelia Fry interviews Helen Gahagan; both are seated at a table piled with papers, teacups, and a microphone.

Oral History Center

Recording and preserving the history of California and our interconnected world

Oral history dates to the beginnings of the University of California. Hubert Howe Bancroft conducted interviews in the 1860s in support of his 39-volume history of the West. In 1954, the Regional Oral History Office was established to conduct interviews with citizens of the West. In 2014, we became the Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library. Over the decades, we have conducted 4,000 interviews on almost every topic imaginable. The vast majority of these interviews have been made available online.

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Search the Oral History Center collection of interview transcripts using interviewee name, interviewer name, project title, interview title, or general subject terms.



Oral History Center
The Bancroft Library
University of California MS 6000
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-2074 (fax)

This location is wheelchair accessible.