Michigan Iranian-American Oral History Project

Inaugurated with support from a Michigan Humanities Council Heritage Grant for 2016-2017, the MIAOHP aims to record and digitally archive the oral history interviews of Iranian-Americans who live in Michigan or for whom Michigan has been an important part of their life story. Full audio-visual recordings and transcripts their transcripts will be archived digitally and made available to researchers by the Bentley Historical Library. Short excerpts of interviews will be hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigan Library.

About the Project

Selected Excerpts

Mohammad Amin (born in Tabriz, Iran, 1936)

In this excerpt from an interview recorded on May 28 2016, Dr. Amin talks about his decision to come to America to study civil engineering in 1954, his first night in Michigan where he spent a couple of months in 1955 in an ESL program, and the time he spent working at an automobile factory that same summer.


Farideh Freedom Hosseini (born in Shiraz, Iran, 1944)

In this excerpt from an interview recorded on September 29, 2016, Dr. Hosseini talks about coming toMichigan in the 1970s, her family in Iran, her medical training in Iran, the familiarity of Iranians with contemporary American culture, and how she stays connected to Iranian culture through Persian Poetry Nights in Ann Arbor.


Mahmoud Moallemian (born in Tehran, Iran, 1938)

Excerpt One

Excerpt Two

In Excerpt 1, Dr. Moallemian discusses coming to America in 1976 and connecting to his Iranian heritage in by helping to form the Persian House of Michigan. In Excerpt 2, he discusses his work in radio in Iran for National Iranian Radio and Television before coming to live in Michigan.

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