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The Oral History of Homelessness documents homelessness in Minnesota through first-person narratives and portrait photography.  Interviews and portraits of individuals and families experiencing homelessness provide us with stories of the daily lives, challenges, and successes in overcoming the most extreme form of poverty in this socioeconomic era. 

Begun in April 2008, the Oral History of Homelessness Project has collected several hundred stories and portraits from people across the state of Minnesota. Urban, small town, and rural areas are represented.


An interview taking place.  Photo by Chuck Dahl.

The Oral History of Homelessness Project was inspired by the American Life Histories collected in the 1903s and the oral histories included in the American Folklife Center collections.

A portrait being taking as part of the Oral History process.