Oral History Program

Currently in development

This summer, the National Museum of Forest Service History received a generous financial gift earmarked for the development of an oral history program. In September 2021, the museum appointed Dr. James B. Wall as Director of the NMFSH Oral History Program. The program is currently in development, and Dr. Wall is soliciting the assistance of volunteers who are either willing to be interviewed, know someone who is willing to be interviewed, or have information about established oral history collections that can be added to the museum’s burgeoning database.

Help us build our oral history collection

If you have been associated with the Forest Service in any way or know someone who has, please fill out our Interviewee Contact Form.

Include any preferred nickname/titles
Please describe your career with the Forest Service, including years served, various titles held, responsibilities, locations/National Forests you worked in, and any major events/highlights experienced.

Know of an existing oral history collection?

If you have a lead on an archival oral history collection that would be of use to the program, please follow the link below to fill out a Suggested Oral History Collection Form.

Address as many of the following questions as you can: When was this project conducted? How many interviews are housed there? What is the theme/historical topics addressed? How does this relate to Forest Service History? Are they video or audio interviews? Are the videos/audio tracks available to stream online? Are the interviews transcribed? If so, are those interviews available online?)