The CAF Airpower Museum Oral History Program
The Oral History Program at the CAF Airpower museum has been actively collecting oral histories since the late 1980’s. Today the collection contains well over 5,000 recordings, a number of which have been transcribed for ease of use.
Oral histories provide excellent primary research material to both our staff and members of the public. Although the collection does focus on Airmen who have served the United States in combat, it is open to any veteran, who served any nation, at any time. More recently we have even begun to gather histories from the civilian witnesses to war to help expand the availability of information relating to the various “Homefronts”.
Contributing to our Collection
Contributing a recording to this collection is easy, and there are a number of ways it can be done. If you live in the Permian Basin region of Texas you can come in to the museum, as we have a comfortable, purpose built studio for the collection of oral histories. If you are more comfortable at home, arrangements can be made to collect your oral history there.
For those outside the region, our oral history toolkit is a great idea. It provides instruction on the best techniques to use, and answers to some of the more common questions, as well as providing all of the essential legal paperwork that needs to go along with any oral history. The kit allows you to involve family and friends in the project as well.
If you do not wish to organize the recording yourself, we have over 70 units around the world, many of which have volunteers who would love to help with an oral history.
Download the Oral History Kit
What Format should I use?
All recordings we make here at the CAF Airpower Museum are in digital format; however we accept cassettes as well from around the country. Videotaping oral histories is becoming popular in recent years, and we are able to accept DVD’s as well.
The CAF Airpower Museum cannot accept any oral history that is submitted to us without the necessary releases signed by both the interviewer and the interviewee. The necessary forms are all included in the toolkit.
What Happens Next?
When your recording is received and processed (this may take several months at present) a digital copy will be returned to you for your own records (if you have already kept a copy please let us know), and your oral history will be kept here on file for the benefit of future generations. Your friends and family members, along with members of the general public will be able to access the content of your recording by request through the Research Center.
For more information, or to receive additional assistance please contact:
CAF Airpower Museum
P.O. BOX 62000
9600 Wright Drive
You can download a Do-It-Yourself Oral History Kit here:
- Do-It-Yourself Questionaire
- Oral History Interview Topics
- Oral History Audio/Video Release Form
- Tips for DIY Interviews
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