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Oral History Program

General Information

Ali Igmen , Program Director ~ FO2-116 ~ Tel: (562) 985-8765 ~ Fax: (562) 985-5431,

The Oral History Program at CSULB is an instructional program within the History Department. Students can take oral history classes in conjunction with other courses or can pursue research, including thesis research, using oral history.

The Oral History Program also serves as a resource for faculty, students and local community groups, including K-12 schools, to help them promote and use oral history in both teaching and research. An instructional video, Adventures in Oral History: Oral History in the K-12 Classroom, made in cooperation with the Long Beach Unified School District, is available for a small shipping and handling fee.

Oral History is not a degree granting program. However, students can incorporate oral history into their programs and earn either a Bachelor or Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. And unlike many oral history programs, the CSULB program is not primarily a collection program that initiates oral history projects. Nevertheless, we have been able to establish and expand significant holdings in oral history by archiving the work of a host of students and faculty. Because of the strength of some of our collections, several outsiders have deposited their work in the Oral History Archive. Although these materials are currently available only in the CSULB Library, large portions of the collections will be made available in our Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive.




For further information contact: Ali Igmen, Oral History Program Director, Department of History, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Tel.: (562) 985-8765. Fax: (562) 985-5431. E-mail:


    Upcoming Events

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    Mon-Thur: 8-noon, 1-5
    Friday: 8-noon, 1-4

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 562-985-4431
    Office: FO2-106

    Mailing Address:
    1250 Bellflower Blvd
    Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

    Summer 2016 History Advising Schedule

    Department Chair Dr. David Shafer, FO2-102,
    Days/hour vary, please contact the department office

    Dr. Jane Dabel, FO2-202,

    Dr. Ali Igmen, FO2-116,

    Dr. Caitlin Murdock, FO2-203,

    Dr. Eileen Luhr, FO2-122,
    Tuesday, June 7: 3pm - 6pm
    Thursday, June 23: 9am - 12pm
    Thursday, June 30: 9am - 12pm
    Tuesday, August 9: 3-6pm
    Wednesday, August 10: 3-6pm

    The above hours are on a walk-in basis. Additional hours may be available by appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an advisor, e-mail the advisor directly. Please give them the courtesy of at least 24 hours to respond to your e-mail request.