Oral History of the House

Learn about the history of the U.S. House of Representatives through the perspectives of those who lived it. The oral history program provides a vivid picture of the inner workings of Congress during some of the most influential times in our country’s modern history. These interviews discuss the people, events, institutions, and objects of the ever-evolving House of Representatives.

Featured Exhibit: A Century of Women in Congress

On November 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the United States Congress. To commemorate the centennial of her election and swearing-in, listen to interviews of former women Representatives, staff, and family members.

Interviewees

Browse a list of interviewees and transcripts of former Representatives, House Officers, Member aides, committee staff, support staff, and family of Members.

Projects

Explore projects and documentaries that chronicle specific events and themes in House history, including women in Congress, civil rights legislation, and World War II.

Blogs

Read blogs featuring House oral histories.

Educational Resources

Utilize lesson plans and teaching tips to incorporate information from oral history interviews in the classroom.

About

Learn more about the oral history program, editing practices, and rights and reproductions.