Website Tips and Overview

There are a variety of ways to both browse and more narrowly search the interviews. Here we introduce some of them.

The Search Page

From the search page, you are able to use a variety of methods to search the database and interviews.

Google Search This will allow you to do a full-text search across the entire website. In many ways, it is the most powerful search capability, but it is also the least discriminating, as too general a search term may pick up on indexed metadata (the information collected about the people interviewed, the setting of the interview and the interviewers).

Name search This simply allows you to search for a name, either in English or Cyrillic Mongolian, and will return all entries in the database with that name.

ID searches These features allow you to search by the specific ID number of either an interview or interviewee. (This is the quickest way to find something if you know what you are looking for.)

Keyword / theme searches These allow you to search / browse for interviews based either on themes suggested by the interview team, or keywords suggested by other users.

The Browse Page

This page displays a list of all the interviews, with associated data. Clicking on the name at the top of each column will sort the list by that column, for example, alphabetically by name. Clicking multiple times will toggle through the original order (based on ID number), alphabetical and reverse alphabetical order. Clicking on an interview ID will take you to the English language summary page, if you are working in English, or directly to the Mongolian transcription of the interview. From the summary page, you can also view additional background material, keywords and themes, suggest your own keywords and of course, view the transcript.


Each interview part has an English-language summary. (The Mongolian-language versions will be rolled out at a future date.) The summary has two purposes. The first is to give an idea of what the interview is about. But just as importantly, the second purpose is to allow the interviewers themselves to highlight what they found interesting or noteworthy about the interview. We have chosen to leave the English language summaries paralleling the original text, which was written in Mongolian. This may make a few of them seem sparse and abrupt in places, but we felt it was important to keep to the impressions of the interviews as closely as possible.


This page will show you a list of the interviewers who worked on the project. Clicking on their name will bring up their information, and clicking on their ID number allows you to view a list of all the interviews they conducted.


Meet the people we interviewed! Here you can find photos of those willing and able to provide them, and from here launch pages that will let you explore their background and read their interviews.

Mongolia section

This part of the website is designed for those who may not be that familiar with Mongolia. The first section, Mongolia, gives some general background information on the country. The twentieth century gives a brief history of Mongolia in the twentieth century, to offer a greater context to the narratives on the website. The timeline lists some political and cultural events of the twentieth century in a scrolling form.


Here you can read more about the Oral History of Twentieth Century Mongolia Project itself. We have included in this section information on the goals of the original project, the themes we were interested in, the process of collecting the interviews and why, and information on a pilot project.


Last, but by no means least, here you can meet the people who made this project possible. Not everyone was able to provide us with additional information, but for those who did, you can read more about them here. You can also read a bit about their reflections on the project.