In the First Quarter of This Year
The National Library and Archives enriched the Oral History Archive with more than 20 Interviews
The National Library and Archives continues its interest in collecting oral history. In this regard, it conducted more than 20 interviews with narrators from senior citizens and residents in the first quarter of this year, in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Fujairah. The interviews conducted by experts and specialists in the Oral History Section reveal a large amount of important information with which a number of inspiring personalities from the people of the UAE have integrated the historical knowledge vision and the living memory that were added to the various historical documents kept by the Oral History Archive in the National Library and Archives.
The oral history interviews had been organized at the initiative of the people of the regions in which the interviews were conducted as the National Library and Archives is being a witness to the age and preserver of the nation’s memory, history and the information taken from the narrators who lived through the events. An eyewitness is seen as more credible than an earwitness. This contributes in gathering what historians did not publish in their writings about the history of the United Arab Emirates.
The National Library and Archives collected a lot of new information from the narrators’ memories. The information varied between social, economic, historical, scientific, political, town planning and region development, history and advancement of education ... and others.
Some of these interviews will be presented in the books that will be published in the future in: “Their Memory Our History” series, of which the National Library and Archives had already issued three distinct volumes. They have well received by a large audience from the researchers and those who are interested in the UAE history and heritage.