First-hand accounts of our social, economic, and political lives.
Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection
California University of Pennsylvania: Community Collection Oral Histories
The Huffman Letters: Civil War Letters Home to Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Lawrence County Historical Society Oral Histories
NCJW - Pittsburgh Section: Oral Jewish History
Steelworker Oral History Project
Robert Morris University Oral History Center
Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative (Farkas Collection)
Youngstown State University Oral History Collection
Beaver Valley Labor History Society CollectionThis collection contains material primarily documenting the successful 1930s organizing drive of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee of the Congress of Industrial Organizations at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The organizing drive resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, which upheld the National Labor Relations Act and established the legal right to organize labor unions. The collection was created by members of the Beaver Valley Labor History Society who conducted oral history interviews, compiled subject files, and published a newsletter focused on the early history of what became United Steelworkers of America Local 1211. Recorded from 1978 to 1980, the collection's twenty-four oral histories also document the European immigrant experience in America; African American migration to the industrial north; work in a steel mill; and the social, political, economic, and cultural life of Aliquippa, 1900s-1930s.
California University of Pennsylvania: Community Collection Oral HistoriesThe Center for Oral History at California University of PA seeks to add to local history by capturing and archiving the thoughts and perceptions of nearby community members from all walks of life. Community-focused oral history projects satisfy that goal and bring to life the stories of men and women who are the hearts and souls of our neighboring communities. We invite you to explore these projects in Community Collections and enjoy the people who represent the spirit of our region.
The Huffman Letters: Civil War Letters Home to Beaver County, PennsylvaniaIn 1861, sixteen year old William Henry Huffman of Darlington Township, Beaver County, enlisted in the Union Army. As part of the 100th PA regiment (Roundheads) based in Lawrence County, he participated in over 20 battles, including Fredericksburg and Vicksburg. Paisley brings Huffman’s story to life through his discussion of the young man’s letters, highlighting his experiences during the war.
Lawrence County Historical Society Oral HistoriesThe Lawrence County Historical Society Oral History collection provides first hand accounts of historical experiences and events, including immigrant stories, accounts by Shenango Pottery workers, eyewitness stories of disasters, and war experiences.
NCJW - Pittsburgh Section: Oral Jewish HistoryThis is a collection of more than 500 interviews with members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Started in 1968, it is probably the longest running and largest oral Jewish history project known to exist in the world. Trained volunteer interviewers recorded the histories. The tapes have intentionally never been transcribed because the voices of those interviewed dramatically recreate long-disappeared European political and social worlds and their impact.
Steelworker Oral History ProjectThe Rivers of Steel Steelworker Oral History Project records oral history interviews of former steelworkers in the seven-county region of Western Pennsylvania. This project is preserving first-hand accounts of the life of the region¹s steelworkers and creating a valuable research resource not only for students and scholars but also educators, historical societies and residents wanting to learn more about the region, its people and heritage.
Robert Morris University Oral History CenterThe Oral History Center is a project of the History faculty in the Social Sciences Department at Robert Morris University. Growing out of a joint effort between Robert Morris and Moon Township to get a local neighborhood included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Oral History Center facilitates research into recent American history, allows students to get involved in oral interviews, and serves as a repository of archival materials. The Center is currently conducting the Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Project (IAVP), which aims to preserve first-hand, on-the-ground histories of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative (Farkas Collection)Oral histories of veterans throughout Westeran Pennsylvania, including audio stories, video interviews, photographs, and written accounts.
Youngstown State University Oral History CollectionThe Youngstown State University Oral History Collection, begun in 1974, collects and preserves first-person narratives of northeastern Ohioans who have participated in, or closely observed events which have significantly affected both the state and nation. The Oral History Collection houses over eleven hundred interviews including personal narratives focusing on World War II, Vietnam, Youngstown College (University), Greek, Puerto Rican, Romanian, Russian and Italian culture, industry (steel, pottery, brick, labor relations, coal, and railroads), politics, the Holocaust, and religion.