Reclamation's oral history interviewers work with both current employees and retirees. In addition, we have a special research design focussed on the Newlands Project.
The intent of the oral history activity is to preserve information about Reclamation that would not normally appear in Reclamation's official records. Former and present employees are expected to comprise the primary pool from which interviewees are drawn.
Completed oral history transcripts are distributed to several history repositories that have large research collections devoted to the American West: the Water Resources Center Archives at the University of California at Berkeley, the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Library, the American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming, the Newberry Library in Chicago, The Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and the Beineke Library of Yale University.
For more information on the Oral History Program of the Bureau of Reclamation, visit the program web site.