"Oral history captures the past in an authentic yet intimate way, providing researchers precious insight into significant trends, events, and issues by realizing the ways these occurrences were made manifest in an individual life." Stephen Sloan, Director

"You have helped to open up my memory. I would have never thought of any of these kind of things that you're asking had it not been asked. They would have just been quiet, like buried memories, and it's awakening." Alice Caufield, interviewee
Through the available oral history networks, novice and experienced oral historians alike share their passion for oral history. Baylor University has furnished leadership for state, national, and international oral history organizations since 1970.

Welcome to 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.

In the News

Post-9/11 Stories - Veteran Students at Baylor
For those Americans who served their country through military service in the greater War on Terror, 9/11 is more than just a date for remembrance marked on the calendar each year. The consequences of the horrible events of that day continue to resonate year-round as veterans of these conflicts experience any number of ongoing challenges after they return home to the country they proudly helped to defend. The day after our national commemoration of the 9/11 anniversary, BUIOH would like to highlight a project that focused on a particular facet of this re-acclimation process.

BUIOH Hosts Dr. Lye Soo Choon from National Archives of Singapore
During the week of August 18-22, the Institute for Oral History was honored by a visit from Dr. Lye Soo Choon, Senior Oral History Specialist at the Oral History Centre of the National Archives of Singapore.

Institute Awards Charlton Research Grant to Blues Musicians Oral History Project
The Baylor Institute for Oral History announces the awarding of its 2014-2015 Charlton Oral History Research Grant to Dr. Roger Davis Gatchet, assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University, to support his project titled “Talking the Blues: An Oral History of Blues Musicians in Austin, Texas.”

Steven Sielaff Joins Baylor Faculty as BUIOH Senior Editor & Collections Manager
On June 1, 2014, Steven Sielaff became a full-time lecturer at Baylor University in the position of Senior Editor and Collections Manager in the Institute for Oral History. Steven brings to the job three years’ experience across a broad range of oral history practice as a BUIOH graduate assistant and staff member.

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