Oral History Program

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I view or obtain a copy of a transcript for an unrestricted oral history interview? How much does it cost?

To obtain a copy of an oral history transcript, you can:

  1. View the transcript for free at one of the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Centers.

    Transcripts located at one branch can be transferred to another at no cost.

  2. Request a transcript copy from The State Historical Society of Missouri by filling out our research request form.
  3. Off-site requests are subject to a non-refundable research fee. If requesting a specific transcript, that is in a digital format, the research fee will be waived.

    Please do not submit payment until requested to do so.

    Other reproduction services are subject to additional charges.


How can I listen to or get a copy of the audio for an oral history interview, and how much does it cost?

To listen to or get a copy of the audio or video for an unrestricted oral history interview, you can:

  1. Listen to or view the interviews for free at one of the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Centers.

    Transcripts and interviews located at one branch can be transferred to another at no cost.

  2. Request a CD or DVD copy by filling out our research request form.

    Note: Audio and video materials held by The State Historical Society of Missouri may be duplicated on a case-by-case basis. Some audio and video material cannot be duplicated due to copyright or other restrictions.

  3. Off-site requests are subject to a non-refundable research fee.

    Please do not submit payment until requested to do so.

    Other reproduction services are subject to additional charges. (See the copy service prices and procedures page for more information.)


How do I cite an oral history interview?

When citing any work, always consult and follow the guidelines of the teacher, professor or editor that you are writing for or the style manual you’ve been asked to follow.

In general, the following information should be included:

  • name of interviewee
  • name of the interviewer
  • date and place of interview
  • audio recording or transcript
  • where the transcribed or audio/visual recording of the interview can be found.
    For example: The Oral History Program of The State Historical Society of Missouri.


Why is the audio restricted on some interviews?

During the early years of the Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, the audio tapes were restricted from public use because it was believed they held no historical value in themselves other than to aid production of the transcript, and that transcripts were better and clearer representation of the oral history. This policy no longer guides the program, but we must honor agreements as originally made. Only on rare occasions will restrictions be placed on any audio portion of oral histories produced in recent years.