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Oral Histories

In the early 1970s, local historian Charlene Tresner first established a Fort Collins oral history project to collect the memories of people residing in Fort Collins and Larimer County. Over time, others in the community have captured interviews that explore a variety of topics including the sugar beet industry, ranching, and historical businesses. Some of the interviews are defined by specific projects, such as the Big Thompson Flood, World War II, or Bellvue Voices.

The Archive has nearly 400 oral histories in the collection; nearly 350 of these interviews have verbatim transcripts with one copy on hand for research at the Archive and another copy available for check out at the Library.

To make the oral histories more accessible to researchers, full-text PDF versions of the transcripts are being created and added to the online database. Indexing of the oral history transcripts is also ongoing, and digitization of the oral histories is underway.

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