New York State Veteran Oral History Program
CALLING ALL VETERANS!
Participate in the New York State
Oral History Program
Contact the Program to sign-up for an
Veteran Interviews Online
New York State Veterans Oral History Program
||Self Interview Packet
|This form asks you to describe your military
service. If you would like to be interviewed please check the appropriate place on the last page.
||This form is for veterans who would like to preform
a self-interview. After completing this interview please send a copy
to the address listed on the form.
|This view either of these you must have Adobe's
Acrobat Reader. This is free software that can be downloaded here:
New Program - Old Virtues
Established by the Governor on Veterans' Day,
2000, the New York State Veteran Oral History Program involves
professional military historians using the latest digital
technology to preserve the story of New York's Veterans - in
their own words - now and for all generations to come.
The program is concentrating on the state's sizable World
War II Veteran community; however, we are also collecting the
experiences of veterans of all periods and services.
We in the Division of Military and Naval Affairs are proud to
be part of this Gubernatorial initiative, providing the
historical and administrative support. Funding and technological
assistance are provided by the Governor's Office for
Technology. Working together with the Division of Veteran
Affairs, these state agencies are dedicated to realizing the
Governor's intent to save the thoughts and experiences of the
state's veterans, not just because these are important parts
of state and national history, but also because they are
invaluable lessons in the values that made New York the Empire
Each interview conducted enters an individual veteran's
experiences into the permanent public memory of the state and
nation, and builds a collection of irreplaceable value that
scholars, students, and family members will wish to use for years
We are using the inherent advantages of the digital technology
involved to go further than just gathering and storing these
memories and prepare visual presentations from the basic
materials that brings the veterans' stories directly into the
schools and homes of their fellow New Yorkers.
How the Program Works
Each veteran who desires to participate are asked, as a first
step, to complete a veteran's questionnaire. The information
entered on this form not only helps our historians prepare for
the interview - it also helps you get ready to be interviewed.
The modern version of a form in use since the Civil War, it
becomes part of the permanent record along with the actual
interview itself. For more information on the questionnaire,
please see below.
The completed questionnaire, when received, is our cue to call
you and arrange for an interview.
Depending on your preferences and availability, and the
availability of the historians, you will be offered one of four
- A video interview at our facilities in the Capital District
( available Mondays through Fridays).
- A video interview at a veterans or military installation or
event nearer your home (dates vary).
- An audio interview, by telephone (available Mondays through
- A self-interview packet which includes instructions on how
you or a friend or family member can conduct an interview.
All tapes are stored in a digital format. The use of digital
formats ensures that the veteran's recollections and
experiences will be preserved for generations to come.
All video and audio media (regardless of method of collection)
will be catalogued, summarized, transcribed whenever feasible,
and placed into protective storage. Catalogue information will be
made as widely available as possible, and the interviews made
available to the general and academic community, subject to any
limitations placed on their use by the individual
When specifically authorized by each veteran, copies or
portions of the interviews may be shared with other research
institutions or school and university programs.
Phone: You can call 518-581-5117
and provide the operator with your name, address, and phone number information
to register for the New York State Veteran Oral History Program. You will
sent a veteran's questionnaire to complete. In the event all operators
are busy you will be able to leave a voice message for a return call.
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
May 24, 2015