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Collection of Digitized Oral Histories, 1993-2017


The oral histories in this collection come from four separate oral history collections: The Randall J. Newsome Oral History Collection, the American College of Bankruptcy’s Oral History Collection, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Oral History Project, and oral histories conducted by the Biddle Law Library Archives. The Archives will continue to add digital recordings of oral histories to this page as they become available.

You may notice that some of the oral history interviews referenced below are not available online. Due to copyright restrictions we are only able to post to the Web those oral histories for which the interviewee has transferred his or her rights to the Archives, even if we consider the purpose of the collection to be for non-commercial research use.* Obtaining permission to make these oral histories available online for research use is an ongoing effort. If you can help us secure the rights to any of the oral histories not linked to on this page, please contact the Archives.

The Newsome and National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges oral history collections were converted from audio cassette tape to digital format in September-December 2008.


Funding for this project was provided by the Leon S. Forman Bankruptcy Archives Digitization Project, established in January 2008 with gifts from Blank Rome, LLP and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation.


Randall J. Newsome Oral History Collection

American College of Bankruptcy Oral History Collection

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Oral History Project

National Bankruptcy Archives Oral History Program

Resources for Interviewers

The following video and documents can be used by interviewers who wish to record an oral history for the National Bankruptcy Archives.

*Please review the recommended equipment and accepted file formats before conducting an oral history for submission to the Archives. 


Oral History Guide - revised, August 2016

Oral History Guide “Cheat Sheet”- revised, August 2016

Oral History Release for the National Bankruptcy Archives

Recommended Equipment When Recording Oral Histories - newly updated, October 2016


Oral History Training Session with Hon. Randall Newsome and Archivist Jordan Steele. March 18, 2011

Introduced by Diane Sigmund, this program is an Oral History Training Session with Hon. Randall Newsome and former National Bankruptcy Archives Archivist Jordan Steele.