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Chicago Jazz Archive | Jazz Oral Histories

Two sets of oral histories are available at the CJA. The first consists of interviews done as part of the Archive's own Oral History Project; they are not yet transcribed and are presently unavailable for research.

The second set, part of the Archive's Jazz Institute of Chicago Collection, came to the Archive through the generosity of the Oral History Program of the Jazz Institute. These 24 oral histories are from people central to the history of jazz in Chicago. The histories themselves are not online, but there is a list on the CJA website. JIC oral histories

Other locations holding oral histories include:


Deeds of Gift for Oral Histories

Taking a useful oral history can be a real challenge. Some excellent resources are available online: