Oral History

WW II Soldier on duty

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Oral History Program

The ALPL Oral History Program is dedicated to preserving the stories and memories of Illinois‘s citizens, not just the famous and prominent among us, but of people from all walks of life. The ALPL Oral History Program is organized into the projects listed below. Our top priority projects are Illinois Statecraft (IL politics), Agriculture in Illinois, and Veterans Remember, but we believe there is something of interest for everyone. Explore our site and discover for yourself the richness and diversity of our growing collection.

Oral History Projects

Alphabetical Listing of Interviews

Lincoln speaking to visitors.
Go to Oral History Teacher Lesson Plans


The oral histories presented here are the result of the hard work, commitment, and generosity of many people and organizations. Dedicated and talented volunteers have unselfishly offered their time and skills in conducting, transcribing, auditing, and editing the interviews. The ALPL Oral History program has been fortunate to receive several grants from public and private institutions. Our granting institutions include the Tawani Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, which supports the Veterans Remember project, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, whose grant supported the Oral History of Illinois Agriculture project. The Springfield African-American History Foundation (SAAHF) transcriptions have been funded in part by an Illinois Humanities Council grant to the SAAHF. We are indebted to Dr. Cullom Davis, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois-Springfield, formerly Sangamon State University. A pioneer in the field of oral history and a former president of the Oral History Association, Davis is a mentor and informal advisor to the program.

Related Collections

Additional oral history collections found in the Library's Audio-Visual Archives:

Adlai E. Stevenson III Christian County Coal Mining Department of Aging Homemaker's Project Italians in Chicago Starved Rock Oral Histories WW II Veteran Histories Available by appointment only: Call: (217)785-7955.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Resources

Copyright, Usage, Linking Disclaimer, and Privacy Concerns


Contact Information

Having problems with one of our interviews? Do you have suggestions for future interview candidates, or need advice for doing your own interview project? We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Dr. Brian Mitchell
Director of Research

Social Links