Oral History Collection

Oral History

Wyoming Asks:  have a conversation about your experiences with COVID-19

What do you think about this most unusual time in history?  What do your friends and family think?  Wyoming archivists encourage you to have these conversations with those close to you.  Perhaps you will find that you share more opinions and experiences than you thought.  Or, maybe you are living through vastly different pandemics – even in the same house.  Here are some tips on interviewing friends and family from the Oral History Association, The Smithsonian, and some conversation pointers and sample questions from staff at the State Archives, the American Heritage Center, and from Wyoming oral historian, Barbara Bogart.



Another option:  use the StoryCorps App or StoryCorps Connect to record your conversation.  Find the app and more resources on how to do this here:  https://storycorps.org/participate/



Oral History Collections in the Wyoming State Archives

These are Wyoming Stories... tales told by the legends who live them. Produced by the Wyoming State Archives, a division of State Parks & Cultural Resources.

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Another place to look for Wyoming oral histories is Wyoming Stories


Whether they record family stories and childhood memories or explain the nuances of an event to fill in gaps in paper records, oral histories and voice recordings bring individuals to life. The Wyoming State Archives currently houses nearly 4,000 recordings. Most date from the 1960s to the present.

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