oral history


: a recording containing information about the past obtained from in-depth interviews concerning personal experiences, recollections, and reflections
also : the study of such information
: a written work based on oral history
oral historian noun

Examples of oral history in a Sentence

I'm reading an oral history of the Great Depression.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s been a time of reflection for the group, who published a new oral history book in April. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 1 June 2024 Serendipity calls when The Julia Child Foundation asks Franklin to collect Jones’ oral histories for an archive. Longreads, 16 May 2024 The oral history collection is part of a broader BMI effort to collect materials that demonstrate the importance of the Key Bridge and the Port of Baltimore, which was severely impacted by the bridge’s collapse. Maya Lora, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2024 Soy lattes and the literal dream song: An oral history of Train's 'Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)' Train's official Instagram account shared a touching tribute to Colin on Wednesday. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for oral history 

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oral history was in 1950

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“Oral history.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oral%20history. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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