The purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century. This database will store and make available a number of spoken word materials that record a substantial amount of our cultural heritage from the 1900s. Until the Historical Voices collection, these recordings were dispersed in small private collections and were not available for public use. Now these irreplaceable recordings are being made available online in themed galleries that make their exploration efficient and meaningful. The National Gallery of the Spoken Word (NGSW) has further information on the funding for this project.