Oral History of American Music


310 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Oral History of American Music collects and preserves audio and video memoirs directly in the voices of major musical figures of our time.  Since its founding in the 1960s, OHAM has been dedicated to preserving the sound of artists' voices and making this primary source material available to the public.  Staff members at OHAM conduct and record in-depth interviews that are cataloged, transcribed, and kept at the archive.  At OHAM, thousands of recordings and transcripts are accessible to a wide range of users including scholars, musicians, students, arts organizations, and the media. 

What's Available: 

Natural Light
Large Tables
Cell Phone Service
Food Allowed
Electrical Outlets
Conversation Allowed



OHAM is open to the public.  Researchers wishing to access materials on-site are encouraged to make an appointment at least 48 hours prior to visiting and are required to sign and submit OHAM's Permission to Examine form.

Acquisition of Transcripts

All of OHAM's recorded interviews are transcribed (except acquired interviews). They can be listened to or read in our offices. If permissions allow, transcripts may be purchased and mailed; audio is not released except under special circumstances. A table of contents is prepared to assist the user in determining the content of each memoir. A user may request these in advance, free of charge.

Researchers wishing to purchase transcripts and are required to sign and submit OHAM's User Acquisition Agreement. Users are encouraged to contact us before submitting a request in order to obtain all pertinent information about the desired material.


OHAM is located near the intersection of Prospect and Edwards Streets.  On-street parking is available.  Parking pay stations accept coins and credit cards.