What is the Oral History Program?

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The Oral History Program records, transcribes and publishes the recollections of legislators, state officials and citizens who have shaped Washington's political history. Our publications are available through libraries and branches of the state archives, but may also be requested from our Olympia office or viewed online by clicking on the links below. The original tapes of these interviews are housed in the state archives.

Another part of the program's mission is to assist state agencies, schools, museums, historical societies and other groups in creating oral history materials for exhibits and educational programs. Members of the program staff are available for workshops and presentations on best practices in oral history and project planning.

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