The oral history tapes comprise some 150 sound recordings made within the University and include:
- reminiscences of former Vice-Chancellors and early professors and staff
- reminiscences of prize winning author and Writer-in-Residence Xavier Herbert, describing his long weary tramp during the 1930's depression through Newcastle and Maitland
- eyewitness accounts of the Japanese shelling of Newcastle in 1942 (a University Radio Station tape)
- the sound (or noise) of the Newcastle Earthquake in 1989, with the sound of the swaying Cathedral bells (recorded, as it happened, on the Dictaphone of Clinical Professor Gordon Kerridge).