The National World War II Museum’s oral history collection was begun by the late Dr. Stephen Ambrose. The Museum intensified its efforts to build a collection of videotaped oral histories. The subsequent collecting has mainly focused on covering the story of World War II through the voices of citizen soldiers in all branches, theatres, and major war experiences.
Audio recordings and transcriptions of interviews on Catholic Action and Social Justice; the National Catholic Reporter; and Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students. (1972-2000) This collection can be consulted on the sixth floor of the Hesburgh Library, in the University Archives.
Oral history interviews are a major component of the Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies’ effort to document and preserve Latino history. These interviews offer scholars and students “first person” narratives of American culture and society. More than 100 interviews have been recorded with Latino leaders, writers, poets, artists, scholars, and Notre Dame Alumni, with a particular emphasis on the Midwestern United States.