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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Special Collections
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Libraries


UMDNJ-George F. Smith
Library of the Health Sciences
30 Twelfth Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07101-1709


(973) 972-7830

Fax number

(973) 972-7474

Website URL


Contact Person

Lois R. Densky-Wolff, Head


Access and Services

No interlibrary loan service is provided. Reference and limited photocopying is available.


The collection contains interviews with presidents, deans, faculty, administrators, and others primarily documenting the history of UMDNJ and its antecedent institutions. The interviews also document several New Jersey subject-oriented oral history projects.


A total of 52 oral history interviews have been conducted as of 2006. No new interviews are currently being conducted.

Collection Description

In addition to interviews with University personnel, the following subject projects were held:

Medicine in New Jersey during the Great Depression -A project co-sponsored with the Medical History Society of New Jersey. Unfortunately, releases were not obtained for quite a few oral histories.

The New Jersey AIDS Oral History Project -Eight interviews conducted during a grant funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission from July 1994-June 1995. Other interviews are also available with UMDNJ faculty and staff involved with the University's AIDS programs. Four additional interviews are available with people affiliated with NJ-WAN, the New Jersey Women & AIDS Network.

Miscellaneous Interviews -Two with faculty physician-book collectors about their personal libraries and collecting activities; an interview with Dr. Harrison Martland's secretary; and many others. See the following url for a complete list of names, subjects, dates of interviews, and abstracts:

Material Type

Original audiotapes are maintained but not used for reference purposes.


Oral history transcripts and audiotapes do not circulate and must be accessed within the Department of Special Collections. Permission to publish materials in the interviews must be obtained in writing from Department of Special Collections.


All interviews are transcribed and users may consult transcriptions.