Oral History Archives at Columbia

Oral History Archives at Columbia


You do not need to be affiliated with Columbia University in order to visit and use the collections of the Oral History Archives.

For more information on visiting the Oral History Archives at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library in person, please see these Registration Procedures.

For more information on how you can gain access to the collections if you cannot visit the the Rare Book & Manuscript Library in person see Frequently Asked Questions.


Columbia Center for Oral History Research


The Oral History Archives’ companion center, Columbia Center for Oral History Research is housed at INCITE, where it administers an ambitious research agenda with the goal to record unique life histories, document the central historical events and memories of our times, provide public programming, and to teach and do research across the disciplines. 

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Oral History Master of Arts


OHMA is the first program of its kind: a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree training students in oral history method and theory. Our graduates work in museums, historical societies, advocacy organizations, media, the arts, education, human rights, and development. OHMA is also excellent preparation for doctoral work in fields like anthropology, history, journalism, and American Studies or professional degrees like law, education, or social work.