Oral History Australia
Giving Voice to the Past



International Oral History Associations

International Oral History Association


The International Oral History Association. is a professional association established to provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation of human experience. IOHA seeks to stimulate research that uses the techniques of oral history and to promote the development of standards and principles for individuals, institutions and agencies (both public and private) who have the responsibility for the collection and preservation of historical information gathered through the techniques of oral histories, in all forms. Through international conferences, collaborative networks, and support for national oral history organizations, IOHA seeks to foster a better understanding of the democratic nature and value of oral history worldwide.  The International Oral History Association was formally constituted in June 1996 at the IXth International Oral History Conference in Göteborg, Sweden.  The official languages of the IOHA and its publications are English and Spanish.  

IOHA meets every two years at the Biennial International Oral History Conference held in different regions or continents. The next Conference will be held in India 27 June - 1 July 2016 - with the theme Speaking, Listening, Interpreting: the critical engagement of Oral History.   

Words and Silences is the official journal of the International Oral History Association. It is an online peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on oral history methodology, as well as research that is based on oral history interviewing.  

For the past two years Words and Silences was offline because of technical problems. However, the website www.wordsandsilences.org has been restored and two new editors have been appointed from the Executive of IOHA. They are David Beorlegui of Spain dbeorza@yahoo.es and Christina Landman of South Africa landmc@unisa.ac.za 

View the current Call for Papers for the 2016 Journal Oral History and Emotions  Here    
Deadline for papers 15 April 2016  

National Oral History Association of New Zealand

The Oral History Society UK

Oral History Association (USA)

Global Oral History Network


H-OralHist is an on-line network for those interested in studies related to oral history. It is a member of the H-Net, the Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative, an international interdisciplinary organisation of scholars and teachers dedicated to utilising the educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Its edited lists and websites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for scholars and the interested public. The computing heart of H-Net resides at the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, at Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers come from all over the globe.

For more information and to register for a free subscription Click here 


Sound Association

The Australasian Sound Recordings Association Inc (ASRA)

The Association is made up of private record collectors, professional sound archivists, radio broadcasters and social historians, consisting of individuals and institutions with a strong interest in sound recording history, its development and all related activities.


History Associations

Federation of Australian Historical Societies

Australian Historical Association

Professional Historians Australia


Libraries, Museums and Archives

National Library of Australia – Oral History Collection

National Library of Australia - Trove Browsing in Newspapers and Gazettes 

National Film and Sound Archive - Oral History

Australian Society of Archivists

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) – worldwide knowledge and understanding of Australian indigenous cultures past and present.

State Library of South Australia Oral History Collection

State Library of South Australia, J.D. Somerville Oral History Collection 

State Library of NSW - Oral History Collection

Northern Territory Archives Service – Oral History Program

Australian War Memorial Sound Archives   
See also an online form to nominate someone for oral history recording available at www.awm.gov.au/collection/sound/interview-nomination

The British Library National Sound Archives


Copyright - information and training

Australian Copyright Council    An excellent website providing comprehensive information about all aspects of copyright.


Examples of Programs and Websites using Oral Histories

Australian Generations Oral History Project

End-of-Project Report 27 February 2015  
A final report on the project's outcomes is available here: http://bit.ly/1B45ewJ. It contains details about recent and forthcoming research, and about accessing the interviews and other project outcomes.
The project website  http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/australian-generations/  remains a rich source of material about the project’s aims, methodology and research.

March 2016  Australian Generations oral history theme issue of Australian Historical Studies 

The latest theme issue of Australian Historical Studies (AHS), edited by Katie Holmes and Alistair Thomson, features seven articles by members of the Australian Generations team using the project’s oral history interviews to illuminate a range of topics in Australian social history, and to discuss innovations and issues in oral history. The open access online editorial on ‘Oral History and Australian Generations’ by Katie and Al introduces the project and the articles. Katie and Al also discuss the articles in this video clip on the AHS Facebook site. Use this link to access all the articles. To view individual articles click on any of the links (note that if you are not an AHS subscriber you will need to view through a local, state or education library, or pay for access).
You can also listen to ten Australian Generations radio programs produced by ABC Radio National, or access the interviews via the Australian Generations website.

The City of Sydney is committed to the ongoing collection oral history interviews that record and reflect the diverse nature of many communities  www.sydneyoralhistories.com.au 


'Storylines' an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia
Storylines is an online archive for the State Library's digitised heritage collections relating to Aboriginal history in Western Australia.  Members of the public can view, print and engage with thousands of photographs, as well as a growing number of oral histories, historical documents, sounds and movies.  To explore the archive browse  http://slwa.wa.gov.au/for/indigenous_australians/storylines