Oral History Collection

Although the written word is obviously very important in the field of history, sometimes there is no substitute for hearing the voices and emotions of people who lived through the trials and triumphs of the past. ACHS has been working for several decades to collect the oral history of Anoka County, and the life experiences of the people who live here.

Our collection includes more than 250 interviews. The actual audio recordings of the interviews are available at ACHS in the Reading Room, along with typed transcripts for most of them.

Additionally, we have transcripts available online (in PDF format) for several topical oral interview collections. Please click on the links below to access these transcripts:

Law Enforcement
History of Agriculture in Anoka County
Anoka State Hospital
Vietnam War
Korean War
World War II

Please contact our staff with any questions.