Oral History NSW
Giving Voice to the Past
Giving Voice to the Past

Exciting new resource from the State Library of NSW

by | December 5, 2017

State Library of NSW recently launched an online guide to its Oral History and Sound collections.

Having actively collected oral history and sound since the 1980s, its collection of oral histories, radio interviews, talks, podcasts and recordings of performances and seminars is the largest in NSW and one of the largest in Australia.

The guide explains how to find, then access, the Library's collection, including:

  • Amplify – The Library’s growing collection of online interviews offering access alongside computer-generated transcripts. 
  • Catalogue search - 12,000 hours of analogue and reel to reel taped interviews and sound artefacts, recently digitised to enhance online access in the future.
  • Collection Highlights – which offers a snapshot of significant parts of the oral history and sound collections such as Industry and Working Life, Art and Artists, Local History, Indigenous Australians, Migration, Gay and Lesbian Life and Sydney Harbour.

It also includes listings of other State Library and online resources useful to people studying or interested in oral history theory and practice, promotes a sample of works in the Library’s collection that are the end products of oral history work and has links to over 50 online oral history related websites in Australia and internationally. The guide is to be welcomed as it raises the profile of State Library of NSW's oral history collections considerably.

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