StoryCorps’ archive comprises one of the first and largest born-digital oral history collections. It incorporates over 45,000 interviews, recorded in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Library of Congress Archive
All StoryCorps interviews are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. If you are interested in using or listening to StoryCorps interviews in person at the library, please refer to the American Folklife Center’s website for information on how to access the collection. It is advisable to contact the reference desk a at the American Folklife Center’s Reading Room in advance to verify that a particular interview has been processed and transferred to the Library before you visit. Please note that the American Folklife Center does not provide copies of the interviews.
About Our Archive
We also maintain an archive of stories on-site at our offices. The materials are stored locally on a server, and backed up off-site. We save all our files in uncompressed formats: WAV for audio, JPG for photos, and PDF for scanned paperwork.
StoryCorps is in the process of developing a customized content management system for storing our data alongside interview materials, using the open-source platforms DSpace and Drupal.
Archive Materials on the Web
At this time, ONLY interviews produced for national broadcast appear on our website. Though we are exploring the possibility of expanding access to our collection online, we do not currently post any full-length interviews on our site.
In addition to the archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, we have created over 100 Community Archives around the country, so that the communities who’ve recorded interviews through StoryCorps can access them easily. Some examples include:
- Nashville Public Library
- Auburn Avenue Research Library (Atlanta, GA)
- Milwaukee Public Library (Milwaukee, WI)
- Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History (Detroit, MI)
- University of Alaska – Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK)
- National Steinbeck Center (Salinas, CA)
- Carnegie Library (Pittsburgh, PA)
Special Initiative Archives
Interviews collected through our September 11th Initiative will be a cornerstone of the collection of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. All interviews collected through the StoryCorps Griot Initiative will become part of the collection at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Clips are currently available on both partners’ websites.
StoryCorps’ Recording & Archive Department has limited capacity to respond to research requests. If you are a researcher interested in working with StoryCorps interviews and require assistance beyond the on-site access provided by the American Folklife Center, please fill out an archive access inquiry. Licensing inquiries and requests can be submitted here.