"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
"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
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
Shirley Temple Black - Remembering an Oscars Legend
With the 86th Academy Awards to be held this Sunday, we would like to highlight a collection of interviews from the BUIOH archives that focus on an Oscars icon - Shirley Temple.
BUIOH Style Guide Mentioned by Chicago Press
In the latest iteration of The Chicago Manual of Style's Q&A section, the BUIOH Style Guide was recommended for use in transcribing oral histories. Congrats again to our editors past and present for creating such a valuable and noted resource!
BUIOH Interviews Highlighted on BBC "Witness" Program
Two archived interviews used by editor Michelle Holland in her "Living Stories" collaborative project with KWBU were recently highlighted in an episode of "Witness" produced by BBC World Service.
From the BUIOH Vault: The JFK Assassination
On this 50'th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX, the BUIOH has selected two unique memories to highlight concerning the events of that fateful day and the subsequent aftermath. Included are audio clips of the testimony courtesy of our in-progress digitization efforts.