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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine


Building 38, Rm. 1E-21
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894


(301) 496-5405
Reference: (301) 402-8878
1-888-346-3656 (1-888-FIND-NLM)

Fax number

(301) 402-0872

Website URL

Contact Person

John P. Rees, Curator, Archives and Modern Manuscripts


Access and Services

Interlibrary loan, reference, and photocopying


The Archives and Modern Manuscript's Oral History Collections cover a broad range of topics, people and institutions from throughout the medical and health sciences. Chiefly from the 1960s to the present, the collections consist of interviews with physicians, scientists, government administrators, medical librarians, and health-business executives. AMMP is also the service home for the Food and Drug Administration and the Medical Library Association oral history programs.


Over 300 collections; 1800+ tapes/reels

Collection Description

A list of all processed and unprocessed collections including the FDA Oral History Program interviews can be found at

Material Type

Audio and video


Restrictions on specified interviews exist.


Many of the interviews include transcripts; some of these are now accessible on the web, via