Oral Historian

New Orleans, Louisiana Full-time
The National WWII Museum is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled

The National WWII Museum seeks a skilled Oral Historian to conduct oral history interviews with World War II veterans for use in development of The National WWII Museum’s Oral History Collection, permanent and special exhibits, and online initiatives from contacts obtained by the Oral History Section.  Reporting to the Assistant Director of Oral History, the Oral Historian schedules and conducts interviews, collects materials, and performs Level 1 cataloguing of oral histories into the collection.  The Oral Historian may also be called upon to assist with Museum projects involving the selection of oral history interview for exhibits, displays, educational materials, licensing requests, etc.


  • Travel 4-5 days per week, including some weekends, three weeks per month.
  • Collect personal histories, artifacts and archival materials to support and expand The National WWII Museum’s Oral History Collection from contacts obtained by the Oral History Section.
  • Conduct research in the historical record to expand and confirm detailed information for oral histories.
  • Complete oral history interviews and necessary maintenance tasks (including Level 1 cataloguing and correspondence).
  • Other duties as required.


  • Master’s degree in military history, history, museum science or other related field.
  • Minimum two years of historical research – preferably within a museum, archive, or historical society environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in the oral history interview process.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of World War II-era history.
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • Functional knowledge of presentation, spreadsheet and word processing applications and film / recording equipment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently to facilitate collecting of oral history interviews.
  • Willingness to work overtime during special events or heavy visitation periods, or to meet a deadline.

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