The Oral History Project

The Oral History Project

The Oral History Project (OHP) at The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) records recollections of the early days of Pakistan to provide an alternative perspective to official narratives found in historical literature. The stories emerging from the project, the secrets captured in old photographs, and the personal experiences of our nation’s people provide inspiration for our exhibitions and events. The project also aims to archive and preserve various records such as letters, newspapers, advertisements, refugee cards, official correspondences, and passports.


Since its inception, CAP has digitized more than 431,301 photographs from private and public collections, and has collected over 3,845 oral histories. Our archive offers one of the most unique selections of photography and is the only collection of oral histories in Pakistan.


Over the years this archive has become an invaluable resource to the larger community and various industries such as museums, education, media and journalism, advertising, film, cultural organisations, multinationals, governmental and non-governmental organisations in both Pakistan and abroad.

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