Regional History Project

Oral History Projects:

Please note: Due to coronavirus, the campus has postponed Alumni Weekend indefinitely, so the SEEDS book launch will not be happening on April 4. We are so sorry but we agree that keeping everyone safe is most important now.

We also have a wonderful companion website to SEEDS, with more images and other archival material not in the book, as well as audio recordings and links to other resources.

And watch a Google slideshow of images from SEEDS!


The Regional History Project has been documenting the history of the Central Coast of California and the institutional history of UC Santa Cruz since 1963, through oral history. This web site includes the complete catalog of our collection, oral history resources, and links to other oral history sites on the Internet. All of the oral histories are available in full text (PDF) through the University of California's escholarship site. Copies of our oral histories are also available for the cost of photocopying, which varies according to the length of the document.

Selected oral histories are also available in audio format through the University of California's escholarship site. Follow the link to the escholarship site and navigate to the audio files under "Supporting Material" in the bottom left column. The audio is available in MP3, both streaming and downloadable formats.

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1030Please contact Irene Reti at for ordering information on the particular oral history in which you are interested. All of our oral histories are available in hard copy for reading by the public at the Special Collections and Archives  of McHenry Library. Call 831-459-2547 for their hours. Most of the oral histories are available in the circulating stacks of the library. You may search the library's Cruzcat catalog to find the call number for the oral history you are looking for.

If you are a faculty member or a student wanting to learn about oral history research as a field and as a methodology, you might find our Oral History Research and Resources libguide helpful.

Contact Us:
Irene Reti
(831) 459-2847

Oral history is a method of conducting historical research through recorded interviews between a narrator with personal experience of historically significant events and a well-informed interviewer, with the goal of adding to the historical record. Because it is a primary source, an oral history is not intended to present a final, verified, or "objective" narrative of events, or a comprehensive history of a place, such as the UCSC campus. It is a spoken account, reflects personal opinion offered by the narrator, and as such it is subjective. Oral histories may be used together with other primary sources as well as secondary sources to gain understanding and insight into history.