Record Your Story

STEP 1: Make a reservation

Think of a person whose stories you would like to hear, or someone who might like to ask about yours, like a grandparent, sibling, or friend. Then find the location nearest you and reserve an appointment online or by phone.

STEP 2: Prepare for your session

Read what to expect and visit our great questions page.

STEP 3: Record your story

Bring your friend or loved one to the StoryCorps recording facility. Our trained staff will explain the process, make you feel comfortable, and sit with you during your 40-minute session. At the end of your session, you’ll receive a free broadcast-quality CD to share with family and friends, and a second copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


More ways to record your story

Do-It-Yourself Interviews

Download our free and easy to use Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide and learn how to record interviews and start your own family archive at home.

Door-to-Door Service

Organizations and institutions can sponsor on-site recordings at the location of their choice through our Door-to-Door Service.


  • Major Funding Provided By

  • National Broadcast Sponsors

  • National Partners

    NPR American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress