Iranian Oral History Project | Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The Iranian Oral History Project was launched at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the fall of 1981. The project provides scholars studying the contemporary political history of Iran with primary source material consisting of personal accounts of individuals who either played major roles in important political events and decisions from the 1920s to the 1970s or witnessed these events from close range.
During the last nineteen years, the project has recorded the memoirs of 134 individuals (see Narrators and Interviews), comprising approximately 900 hours of tape and 18,000 pages of transcript at a cost of over $800,000. The project has been funded by a large number of supporters including the National Endowment for the Humanities ($300,000) and the Ford Foundation ($50,000).
The collection embodies the most comprehensive chronicle of eye-witness reports of modern Iran by some of the key figures who defined her history. Microfiche of the collection has been purchased by libraries of major universities in Canada, England, Germany, France, and the United States (see Libraries Holding the Collection). A more complete description of the project can be found in The Reference Guide to the Iranian Oral History Collection (see Publications).
In 2007, the Harvard College Library began expanding the online availability of IOHP interview transcripts and audio files. Enter New Harvard College Library IOHP website.
About Director Habib Ladjevardi
Detailed history of the IOHP and a review of the interviewing process
Availability of IOHP Transcripts
Michael F. Maltese designed the IOHP website.