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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Persian 39-39.1

Iranian Oral History Project recordings and transcripts


Recordings and transcripts of interviews with Iranian politicians and intellectuals about their life during the period ca. 1920-1979.


  • 1978-1987

Language of Materials

Recordings and transcripts are in Persian.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some of these recordings and transcripts is restricted.


15 linear feet (30 boxes)
Recordings and transcripts made from interviews conducted from 1981 to 1987

Biographical / Historical

The Iranian Oral History Project was launched at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the fall of 1981. The project provides scholars studying the contemporary political history of Iran with primary source material consisting of personal accounts of individuals who either played major roles in important political events and decisions from the 1920s to the 1970s or witnessed these events from close range.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. bMS Persian 39: Interview recordings and transcripts
  2. II. bMS Persion 39.1: Additional interview recordings and transcripts

Physical Location


Other Finding Aids

More detailed content listings for these interviews, publication history, and background information about the project can be found at: Harvard University Iranian Oral History Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*87M-2, *88M-19, *96M-37. Gift of Dr. Habib Ladjevardi, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Harvard University; received: 1987 Jul-Aug, 1989 May 29, and 1997 Feb. 13.

Related Materials

Copies of the interview tapes are also held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford University; and microfilm of the transcripts is available at an additional 10 libraries world-wide. For a list, see: Harvard University Iranian Oral History Project. Transcript availability.

Processing Information

Processing Information: Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.
Link to catalog
Ladjevardi, Habib, compiler. Iranian Oral History Project recordings and transcripts: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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