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Oral History of American Music Collections Guide: Home

A comprehensive guide to the collections of Oral History of American Music.


Since its founding in 1969 at Yale University, Oral History of American Music (OHAM) has been dedicated to the collection and preservation of the voices of the major musical figures of our time. The project captures musicians’ narratives and reflections in their own words through in-depth interviews. With an ever-expanding collection, OHAM is a living archive, currently comprising approximately 3,000 audio and video recordings. We regularly conduct, catalogue, and transcribe interviews with emerging talents and established artists, producing a wealth of primary and secondary source material accessible to musicians, students, scholars, arts organizations, and the media.   

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This guide is maintained by:

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Anne Rhodes
Music Library, SML, Room ML114
Monday-Thursday 12-5 by appointment

Accessing the Collections


OHAM provides access to interview recordings and text transcripts for personal research use, teaching, and educational purposes. Free online streaming access to most interview recordings is also available for a limited period of 30 days. Digital copies of most transcripts are also available at no charge.

In accordance with Yale's Web Accessibility Policy, accessible versions of OHAM’s materials can be provided upon request. The time required to prepare these accessible versions will vary.

To request online streaming access and copies of transcripts, please complete the Reproduction Request Form. Not all interviews have been digitized and transcribed. A staff member will contact you if OHAM is not able to fulfill your request.

Please contact Anne Rhodes with any questions.


Researchers wishing to publish or broadcast OHAM materials are responsible for obtaining direct authorization from copyright holders.  Generally, the interviewees or their estates hold the copyright.

Location and Hours

OHAM is normally open Monday-Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Check Sterling Memorial Library's hours here for holidays and closings.)

We are located within the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library inside Sterling Memorial Library.


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