Oral History

What is Oral History

Oral history is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, communities, important events, or everyday life by interviewing and examining documents, letters, diaries and photographs, to get closer to people and events of the past. Oral history is sometimes used in a more general sense to refer to any information about past events that people who experienced them tell anybody else. Oral history is conducted through interviewing with people who participated in or observed past events and whose memories and perceptions of these are to be preserved as an aural record for future generations

List Of Oral History Interviews
Audio Files

About the Project

The Oral History Project is to preserve personal stories of first generation of Iranian-Canadian community pioneers/members and bring to life their memories and struggles and recognizes them as makers of history. The collection of oral histories and archival materials will also enable scholars, students and the public to learn about the Iranian- Canadian community and its role in the social, cultural, economic, and political make-up of Toronto and Canada. The project is funded by The Ontario Trillium Foundation (an agency of the Government of Ontario) to fill the current absence of documented Iranian Canadian oral history in the existing body of oral history projects in Toronto and Ontario

Project Outcome:

  • Uploading photos and archival materials to the website
  • Providing audio files to scholars, researchers, students and the public who are interested in learning about the Iranian- Canadian community
  • Organizing an exhibition to share project stories, which include photos, newspapers, personal documents etc.