Oral histories reflect the content of Special Collections and the Archives. The audio recordings—almost exclusively audio cassette tapes recorded in the 1970s and 1980s—include both college history and local history interviewees.

Special Collections' oral histories include memories from Oswego Normal School students through SUNY Oswego students, faculty, administrators and staff. Local history subjects include industry, public schools, churches, politics and remembrances of residing notables, such as Dr. Mary Edwards Walker.