With interviews dating back to 1979, the Oral History Collections at the Science History Institute offer scholars an invaluable resource for the study of the history of science.
Our oral histories are available to anyone interested in learning more about the history of science, medicine, and technology from the individuals who practice it. Our interviewees include Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science recipients (among hundreds of others), and discussions cover wide-ranging topics like science during both World Wars, chemistry sets, the importance of mentors and mentoring, and the challenges of balancing a family life with a career in science.
All materials used in researching and preparing to conduct an oral history, as well as the audio and video recordings and the bound transcript, are available for noncommercial, educational purposes and can be used on-site at the Othmer Library. Individuals interested in our oral histories who are not able to visit the Othmer Library can order a copy of our materials.
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The Center for Oral History provides training in the methodologies, interviewing techniques, and best practices of oral history.
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Our program pursues the collection of oral histories with investigations into the common characteristics of historical groups whose individuality can only be understood within the collective identity of the group.
Outtakes from an oral history interview with Robert McNeil Jr.
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