"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.

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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

Around Waco - The Piazza Family
With the liquidation auction of the Piazza Bros. Shoe Store in Waco scheduled for this March 29th, we revisit an interview from the BUIOH archive with a Piazza sister, Garcenina Margarita, or "Tina" for short.

Editor Michelle Holland Honored as Outstanding Staff for 2013!
On January 30th at the Spring Staff Forum, our Editor Michelle Holland was one of eight individuals honored by Baylor University as a 2013 Outstanding Staff Member.

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!

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