Database of over 5000 full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two! Includes the "Top 100" American political speeches as compiled by leading academics.
Archives of American Art Oral History Interviews
The Smithsonian has been collecting interviews with American artists and photographers since the 1950s, building the Archives of American Art into a priceless repository of personal history, experience and artistic insight. Walker Evans’ first meeting with Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keefe, why Dorothea Lange trusted her instincts, Julius Schulman’s serendipitous beginnings as an architectural photographer; the Archive’s transcripts are replete with the true-life stories of great photographers. Many of the transcripts are available on the site, so prepare for hours of fascinating reading.
British Library - Oral History of Photography
The British Library manages a well-established oral history program, which includes a project devoted to the development of photography in Britain. Interviews for this project include surviving staff members of prominent photojournalistic magazine Picture Post, Magnum Photo members Martin Parr and George Rodger, photojournalists like Mike Goldwater, noted curators and collectors, as well as “young independents” such as Anna Fox and Nick Waplington. Sadly, it looks like with the exception of a few online audio clips, all this interesting material requires a trip to London.
Caponigro: Artists on Art
Unique insights from professionals in the photographic industry. John Paul Caponigro takes full advantage of his position amongst the movers and shakers of contemporary photography. The collection of testimonies is "a profound reflection on the nature of the medium". Whilst interviewees are diverse, Caponigro is astounded by the many commonalities they share.