Collection SOHC - Scottish Oral History Centre Archive

Identity area

Reference code



Scottish Oral History Centre Archive


  • c. 1981 - present (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

c. 220 GB

Context area

Name of creator

(Established 1995)

Administrative history

The Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) was set up within the Department of History at the University of Strathclyde in 1995. Since its foundation the SOHC has been involved in a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities designed primarily to encourage the use of ‘best practice’ oral history methodology in Scotland. Until 2005, the SOHC was directed by Professor Callum Brown, since then by Professor Arthur McIvor.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

All analogue recordings were transferred from the Scottish Oral History Centre in 2015 and 2016. Born-digital recordings are in the process of being transferred.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The Scottish Oral History Centre Archive is an extensive collection of oral history recordings focussing on the history of work, occupational health and the social impact of de-industrialisation. Most of the recordings originate from projects carried out by Scottish Oral History Centre staff and students but there are also large collections of interviews originating from other organisations, for example Glasgow Museums and the Scottish Working People’s History Trust.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged by project.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Access to some of the interviews in the collection is restricted. Where restrictions apply, this is noted in the relevant catalogue description. Please contact the repository to request access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The collection is partly catalogued.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

The links below are to catalogue descriptions of individual oral history projects within the Scottish Oral History Centre Archive.

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