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About the Institute for Oral History

Through dynamic, recorded interviews, oral history preserves the stories of individuals who helped create the fabric of history and whose lives, in turn, were shaped by the people, places, events, and ideas of their day. The Institute for Oral History has recorded and preserved oral histories since 1970, earning along the way a strong reputation for multidisciplinary outreach to both academic scholars and community historians by providing professional leadership, educational tools, and research opportunities.

Learn more about the Institute for Oral History from the BUIOH website.

The Institute for Oral History's Digital Collections


The Oral History Collection

Since its founding in 1970, the Institute for Oral History has collected over 5,500 interviews. The Institute has created transcripts of almost all interviews in the collection, and most of these transcripts are available to researchers and the public in PDF format. About half of the transcripts in the collection have been fully edited and compiled as finished oral memoirs, and the fully-searchable texts of all of these are available online. Draft versions of most of the remaining transcripts are also available online as searchable, full-text documents.


'Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association'

Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association features articles on a broad array of topics that apply oral history methodology to scholarly research.  In each article, eyewitness testimony presents new, fresh perspectives on the events, issues, or people of the past.  In addition to exploring a variety of subjects, the articles also contribute to the discussion of the practice, theory, or application of oral history. Reviews of books that instruct in oral history methods or apply interview materials to historical research are included in Volume 2 and forward.

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