Italian Oral History Institute
oral history = spoken memories


Oral history research captures the fleeting spoken and visual memories of ordinary and not-so-ordinary people. Through direct field recordings, photography and videotaping we create a lasting record of local culture, history, and cultural processes which might otherwise go undocumented and therefore be forgotten.

The Italian Oral History Institute is a non-profit community-based research and public education organization. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and make accessible materials relating to the culture and history of Italians in California.

Be a part of this innovative organization by becoming a member. Lend your time, your ear, your resources and support to this important cultural and educational initiative. Help record and create the history of Italians in California. Learn about your own cultural roots by taking a course in field collecting or folk and regional culture, or attend our public programs.


The IOHI Archive is listed in the Directory of Archives

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