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This listing provides information and links to oral histories and oral history collections at federal agencies and related institutions.


Bureau of Reclamation

Bureau of Reclamation Oral Histories
Newlands Project Oral Histories

Columbia Center for Oral History

Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project •

Department of Energy

Interviews with former K-25 workers and Wheat Community residents

 Center for Oak Ridge Oral History

Federal Reserve System

Robert L. Hetzel Oral History Collection


FDA History Office
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The program was started in the 1970s and features over 200 interviews to date.

Library of Congress

Veterans History Project

The American Folklife Center: Oral histories from the Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project, 1981–83

Lyndon B. Johnson Library




National Aeronautics and Space Administration

•  NASA Oral History Project: Aviatrix Pioneers

•  Johnson Space Center


National Institutes of Health, Office of History


NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS


National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division


National Park Service


•  Sandy Hook People

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Historical Office


Operational Leadership Experience (OLE)



Society for History in the Federal Government

SHFG Interviews are published in The Federalist newsletter issues noted below.

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• Steven Dick, Chief Historian, NASA History Division (Issue 2, Summer 2004)

• Richard Baker, Senate Historian (Issue 22, Summer 2009)

• David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States   (Issue 26, Summer 2010)

• Stacey Bredhoff, curator, John F. Kennedy Library (Issue 36, Winter 2012–13,)

• Charlene Bangs Bickford, Director of the First Federal Congress Project (Issue 37, Spring 2013)

• Robert S. Arrighi, archivist/historian, NASA’s Glenn Research Center (Issue 38, Summer 2013)

• Victoria A. Harden, former Historian at the NIH (Issue 39, Fall 2013)

• Jeffrey G. Barlow, historian, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (Issue 40, Winter 2013-14)

• Samuel W. Rushay, Jr., archivist, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum (Issue 41, Spring 2014)

• John Fox, historian, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Issue 42, Summer 2014)

• Richa Wilson, historian, U.S. Forest Service (Issue 43, Fall 2014)

• Donna Graves, Public historian and cultural planner (Issue 44, Winter 2014-15)

• Marc Rothenberg, Historian, National Science Foundation, retired (Issue 45, Spring 2015)

• Thomas Wellock, Historian, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Issue 46, Summer 2015)

• Donald A. Carter, historian, Center of Military History (Issue 47, Fall 2015)

• J. P. Ebersole, archaeologist, National Park Service, (Issue 48, Winter 2015-16)

• Richard W. Stewart, former Chief Historian, U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) (Issue 49, Spring 2016)

• Elizabeth B. (“Barry”) White, historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) (Federal History, Issue 8, 2016)

• Joseph P. Harahan, former chief hsitorian with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (Issue 50, Summer 2016)

• Peter Liebhold, curator, Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH) (Issue 51, Fall 2016)


Social Security Administration


U.S. Air Force

• Archives Branch, Air Force Historical Research Agency
Oral History Catalogue in the AFHRA

U.S. Army

• Army Air Forces Historical Association

• U.S. Army Center for Military History

•  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History


•  United States Army Dental Corps

•  Army Nurse Corps Oral Histories


U.S. Department of Agriculture History Collection

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•  Alternative Farming Systems Information Center–“Leaders in Alternative and Sustainable Agriculture”


U.S. Forest Service


U.S. House of Representatives


U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Senate Historical Office

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