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Collecting and Managing Your Personal and Family Records: Oral History

Rare and Distinctive Collections


Classroom: Norlin N345

Reading Room: Norlin M350B

Image credit: Mike Livoda interview (ca. 1970s), Eric Margolis' Colorado Coal Project collection, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries' Archives

One way to actively capture your personal and family stories is to record oral histories with members of your family and community. Recording sound and video stories directly from your friends and loved ones may provide future generatons with vivid historical evidence and memories. See the resources below to get started recording your own oral histories. 


Though recording high-quality audio and video is easier than ever, keep in mind that digital files do not last forever. Preserving digitized material also requires maintanence and attention. See the "Digital Files" tab above for tips on organizing and storing your newly digitized records and media for the long-term. 

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