Oral history interviews can be some of the most revealing and detailed resources for archival research. A good interview can provide a researcher with uniquely rich documentation of an individual life and a moment in history.
The Archives of American Mathematics (AAM) actively collects oral history material and makes it available to our patrons. We have audiocassettes and videotapes of interviews with a wide variety of mathematicians and mathematical educators. In many cases, full-text transcriptions of the interviews and supporting biographical material are included to enhance the collection.
Conducting high-quality interviews is a skill that anyone can master, and you may find that interviewing a friend or colleague is as rewarding an experience for you as it is for them.
The Internet has many resources that can guide you in conducting an oral history interview. The following websites are particularly helpful:
If you are interested in conducting an oral history interview, or if you would like to use our existing oral histories in your research, please contact the archivist.
Online inventories for collections in the Archives of American Mathematics that contain oral history material include
Kristy Sorensen served as the archivist at the Archives of American Mathematics until November 2006.
The Archives of American Mathematics (AAM) is a unit of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Individuals interested in conducting research or donating materials or who have general questions about the AAM should contact Carol Mead, Archivist: firstname.lastname@example.org, (512) 495-4539.
Revised on July 12, 2010.