Cleveland Voices is a project of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University Department of History. Audio is housed in the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection, an archive of more than one thousand interviews collected since 2002. Content presented on this site represents the labor of students, faculty, and staff in the CSU Department of History and the perspectives of individual interviewees. Listeners are encouraged to verify stories through additional research.
Cleveland Voices contains over one thousand interviews. These research guides are designed to help users navigate the archive.
Cleveland Voices contains a wide range of interviews of varying provenance. Interviews are typically organized into dedicated collections. This guide provides an overview of some of the different types of collections. Read the "Understanding Collections" guide →
While the collections framework provides a useful means to research more targeted topics, some broader themes can be found across multiple collections, making for a less linear research process.
African American Experience
Many African American men and women recount their experiences and accomplishments in the Cleveland area through interviews included in the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection, illustrating themes of both struggle and success. Read the "African American Experience" guide →
History can teach many subjects, but there is much to learn from what history has left out. Many times, women’s experience in history remains untold. The Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection contains the interviews of many women and their varied experiences in the Cleveland area. Read the "Women's Experience" guide →