WWII Oral Histories Collection

Preserving the Voice of the American Veteran: Oral History Project @UTK

Over the last 25 years, the Center for the Study of War and Society (CSWS) at the University of Tennessee has conducted hundreds of oral history interviews focusing on individual veterans experiences throughout the war both and at home and abroad. The WWII oral history interviews uniquely capture the experiences and memories of the veteran beginning with their lives before combat, motivations to enlist, personal experiences during the war, and their experiences readjusting to civilian life afterwards.

The WWII oral history interviews reveal the experiences and memories of veterans beginning with life at home, motivations to enlist, personal experiences during the war, and ultimately readjusting to civilian life.

How to Search

The oral history audiotapes have now been digitized and mounted online for the broadest possible dissemination by UTK University Libraries. Please note that the interviews have not been transcribed; however a search can be conducted for the name of an interviewee, specific subject headings, and various other keywords. Also the interviews can be browsed by interview (respondent), personal name, geographic region, or subject. This web site consists of 167 interviews conducted over the last 25 years. The CSWS Oral History Project collections remain with Special Collections at the University of Tennessee.

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The UTK WWII Oral History Digitization Project was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)