Oral histories provide a unique, personal angle on history and often gives voice to the everyday person. However it important to keep in mind the following:
For more information on using oral histories as primary sources see: Making Sense of Oral History
To find published oral histories available in the UW Libraries use UW Libraries Search with the terms: oral history or oral histories or interviews. For example: interviews civil rights. This search will also find oral history transcripts housed in Special Collections. This is just a selected list of digitized oral histories available on the web. Search In the First Person to find other oral history websites.
These sites and books provide information on how to do an oral history interview including techniques, equipment and transcribing interviews.