Would you like to have 310 full length interviews of prominent African Americans at your finger tips? Would you to hear first-hand accounts from the likes of Barack Obama, Ossie Davis, B.B. King and Eric Holder? There is only one way to gain access to these materials, join The HistoryMakers Online Digital Archive.

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive contains over 2,000 hours of video footage, containing 29,000 stories and can be yours for $30/Month. Access your account or become a member of The HistoryMakers and gain access to this priceless archive today. 

Without contributions from users like you, we will not be able to keep this archive online. Make a donation and help The HistoryMakers host this archive, video tape new interviews and add content to the archive. We thank you for helping us keep these memories alive.


Video Tutorials Related to The HistoryMakers Digital Archive


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If you have trouble playing the above videos, check out the WMV-format tutorials page, which also gives instructions on how to fix any JavaScript error you might be facing in Firefox.


About The HistoryMakers Digital Archive
The HistoryMakers Digital Archive of 310 African American video oral history interviews is available online for the first time on a test basis to registered users. This archive includes over 14,000 stories given by 310 HistoryMakers, recorded primarily from 1999 to 2005.
Founded in July of 1999, The HistoryMakers has grown into the nation's largest African American video oral history archive. Its collection includes the interviews of President Barack Obama (then an Illinois State Senator) and civil rights leader Julian Bond, to name a few.
The interface is being iteratively developed and refined, beginning with a strong foundation of work from the NSF-funded digital video library work that has taken place at Carnegie Mellon University under the Informedia research team. Some things may be unclear or new to you. The video tutorials above will hopefully help. Please share your comments with us when using The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and we will work toward eliminating the need for these tutorials altogether.
Thank you.
Julieanna Richardson | Executive Director, The HistoryMakers
Michael Christel, Principal Investigator, NSF research project "III-CXT: Enhancing Digital Video Libraries through the Evaluation and Transition of Automated Techniques for Visual Processing, Indexing and Access"