Oral History is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews. These interviews can be conducted with the eminent personalities of Delhi such as eminent Statesmen, high Government Officials, Writers, Scientists and other important personalities/ dignitaries of Delhi, who have played a significant role as an educationalist, social reformer, political personality, artist, scientist, peasants, labourers, technocrat etc. and played a vital role in the development and history of Delhi and who participated in or observed past events and whose memories and perceptions of these are to be preserved as an oral record for future generations. These interviews will enable them to share their memories in their own words, with their own voices, through their own understanding of what happened and why. Their Oral history would strive us to obtain information from different perspectives and most of these cannot be found in written sources.
With careful attention to preserving these sound recordings, the voices of our narrators will endure to speak for them when they are gone. The said sound recordings are envisaged to be collected and preserved for posterity. The elderly are a treasure trove of stories. Custodians of our history. With the aim to document oral history through anecdotes, stories and experience of the people, the Delhi Archives shall interview eminent and lesser known senior citizens from Delhi. The programme will be implemented in collaboration with Ambedkar University, Delhi and 100 recordings along with transcript will be made in a period of two years.