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Discover Oral Histories
Search for oral history recordings and transcripts in the Online Collection. Many, but not all, of the oral history records listed in the online collection have transcripts attached and/or SoundCloud links to listen to the interviews. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy a New Program
Echoes from The Collection is a 15-minute historical drama that takes the listener back to the golden age of radio. The first season features dramatic readings drawn from the Civil Works Administration (CWA) Pioneer Interviews that were conducted by New Deal historians in the 1930s. Listen to the series on SoundCloud.
CWA Pioneer Interviews
The CWA Pioneer Interviews are the result of a project led by the Civil Works Administration in Colorado in 1933-34. The interviews were conducted with people who had lived in selected areas of the state over a long period of time and could provide insight into life in Colorado from a personal point of view. The interviews cover a wide variety of subjects pertaining to Colorado history.
PDF scans of the CWA Pioneer Interviews are available below. Interviews are grouped by county, though not all counties were included in the Pioneer Interviews project.
A citation for a CWA Pioneer Interview gives the volume and number of the interview. For example, a citation of PAM 351/22 means the interview is in volume 351, interview number 22.