The oral histories available here are the result of two separate oral history projects.

During the 1980s a dozen interviews of longtime Provo Residents were conducted by Library staff. These interviews were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes, transcribed, and then deposited in the Provo City Library's Special Collections.

Then in the late 1990s Provo City created the Provo City Sesquicentennial Oral History Project. This project consisted of interviews with older residents of Provo which were conducted by staff of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University under the direction of Jessie Embry.

The interviews were captured on cassette tapes and totaled about 100 hours. The Charles Redd Center staff also transcribed the tapes and presented the tapes and their transcriptions to the city. They were then deposited in the Provo City Library's special collections where they remain available.

A few years later the tapes and transcriptions were converted to digital format for distribution on the Library's website. The transcriptions are currently available on this website and may be accessed by clicking on the names here in this list of interviewees.