oral history

n.An interview that records an individual's personal recollections of the past and historical events.The audio or video recordings, transcripts, and other materials that capture and are associated with such an interview.


Klopfer 2001, p. 112 Documents described as oral histories range from personal reminiscences to structured interviews to recordings of contemporary thoughts or events saved for posterity. The arrangement of oral histories also range from raw tapes to edited tapes, translations, transcripts, re-wordings, syntheses and interpretations.