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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Osgoode Society oral histories database now online and searchable by keyword

Oral History at the Osgoode Society (blog post by Patricia McMahon, OS Oral History Coordinator)

Did you know that the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History has the world’s largest collection of oral histories relating to legal history?  Since 1979, the Society has conducted interviews with more 600 judges, judicial support staff, and senior members of the legal profession. It is a tremendous resource for historians and others who would like to learn more about the people who have shaped politics, business, and – of course – many areas of the law in Canada.

Now, you can search that collection by keyword at to find oral history interviews dealing with a variety of topics. Full transcripts can be reviewed at the Archives of Ontario or by contacting the Osgoode Society.

The search engine is a work-in-progress and we welcome your feedback. You can reach the Osgoode Society at

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