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.
These sites and books provide information on how to do an oral history interview including techniques, equipment and transcribing interviews.