Directed by Habib Ladjevardi, The Iranian Oral History Project was launched
at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the autumn of 1981. The
Project provides scholars endeavoring to study the contemporary political history
of Iran with primary source material, consisting of personal accounts of individuals
who either played major roles in important political events and decisions from
the 1920s to the 1970s, or witnessed these events and decisions from close range.
Since its inception the protect has recorded the memoirs of 132 key political figures, comprising approximately 900 hours of tape and 18,000 pages of transcript.
In the fall of 1995, the Steering Committee of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies decided that a number of memoirs should be edited and published in order to make them more readily available to the academic community. So far the following volumes have been published.
The web site for the project is: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~iohp/
Habib Ladjevardi has been the director of the Iranian Oral History Project at Harvard University since 1981. Born in Tehran, he grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., and was educated at the Yale Engineering School and the Harvard Business School. Dr. Ladjevardi returned to Iran in 1963 and began work as personnel manager in his family's business. Subsequently he was responsible for founding the Iran Center for Management Studies in Tehran, where he taught until 1976. He also served on a number of boards and councils in the private and public sectors. Dr. Ladjevardi received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 1981.