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Duquesne University Archives and Special Collections: Oral History Initiative

The Duquesne University Oral History Initiative

The Duquesne University Oral History Initiative (OHI) creates, collects, and preserves oral histories by recording the lived experiences of people in the Duquesne and regional community. It enhances the historical record by documenting stories that may not be available in traditional sources. The OHI promotes interdisciplinary scholarship and authentic relationships by sharing oral history outcomes, participating in academic symposiums, providing education and training workshops, and offering graduate internships.

Ongoing projects include the:

  • COVID-19/Black Lives Matter Oral History Projects

  • Duquesne Veterans’ Oral History Project

  • Spiritan Oral History Project
  • Third Alternative Oral History Project

Helpful Resources

Oral History Association Principles and Best Practices

Since 1966, the Oral History Association has served as the principal membership organization for people committed to the value of oral history. OHA engages with policy makers, educators, and others to help foster best practices and encourage support for oral history and oral historians. With an international membership, OHA serves a broad and diverse audience including teachers, students, community historians, archivists, librarians, and filmmakers.

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Oral History Review Blog

The Oral History Review, published by the Oral History Association, is the U.S. journal of record for the theory and practice of oral history and related fields.

The Oral History Initiative Online Collection



Cassidee Knott, Oral Historian

The Gumberg Library

Duquesne University

600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282


Select Oral History Books at the Gumberg Library

Please search the Gumberg Library online catalog for more titles.