Oral History Collections

Oral History Collections


The National Indo American Museum’s Oral History Project gathers, preserves, and shares the stories of the Indian American immigrants who settled in the Chicago area. These oral histories allow us to reminisce about shared experiences, reconnect with our roots, and appreciate the historic journeys of our friends and neighbors.

Explore the Oral History Archive

Explore the our oral history collections to discover dozens of stories through audio, photos, maps, and transcriptions.


NIAM’s Oral History project began documenting these histories from 2008, they represent the first wave of immigrants from India to Chicagoland, who came before 1980. These collections also captures voices of people in both, the later stages of life, and the young who have planted firm roots in America.

The final part of the presentation features a brief showcase of NIAM’s year-round calendar of diverse outreach programs and offerings.


Agarwalgyan Family