Oral History depicts 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 as well as lesser known personalitiesof Delhi who have played a significant role in the development of Delhi and who have participated in or observed past events themselves such as educationalist, social reformer, writer, government official, statesmen, political personality, artist, scientist, peasants, labourer, technocrat etc. The purpose of this programme is to preserve the memories and perceptions of these people in their own voice and their own words as an oral record for future generations and research purposes. Their oral history would enable us to obtain information from different perspectives which cannot be found in written sources as well as to fill up the gaps of history.
With careful attention to preserve these sound recordings, the voices of our narrators will continue 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 an aim to document oral history through anecdotes, stories and experience of the people, the department has launched its Oral History Programme on 5th August 2019 in collaboration with Ambedkar University Delhi with a target of conducting 100 interviews of eminent as well as some lesser known senior citizens of Delhi within a period of twenty four months.