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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Oral History?

Oral history is a way to gather information directly from those people who have experienced historical events. Throughout time, stories have been the main way people have shared knowledge, and oral history continues that tradition by preserving personal narratives. The technology may have changed, from simple memorization, to tape recorded audio, to today’s digital frontier, but the formula is the same: an interviewer speaking to a member of a community. Then that interview is stored for future generations to study.

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Why is Oral History Important?

Oral history provides a unique kind of historical information. Unlike textbooks that provide a wider view of what's happened in the past or primary documents that are snapshots of events, these narratives illustrate a detailed, first-person perspective of a time period as it happens. Without this kind of preservation, much of what we know about the daily lives of historical figures would be lost and much of the context surrounding historical events would be unclear.

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Why Should I Share My Oral history?

Even if you think you might not have much of a story to tell, we’re still hoping to hear from you! Everyone’s experience is unique and every story we have in the archive helps us have a more detailed view of life for queer people in Northern Utah. Help us fight against the loss of this kind of information by signing up to give an interview!

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