"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
BUIOH Announces Official Launch of “Waco History” Website and Mobile App
Today marks the official launch of an exciting new resource for citizens of Waco and beyond to connect to their local heritage. Named “Waco History,”
the service is both a website and mobile app that allows users to browse an interactive map of the city and select various “pinpoints” of information on the buildings, events, and people who have helped shape Waco’s legacy.
BUIOH Now Accepting Applications for 2015-16 Charlton Oral History Research Grant
The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites individual scholars with training and experience in oral history research who are conducting oral history interviews to apply for support of up to $3,000 for summer 2015 and the 2015-2016 academic year.
Register Now for April Online Workshop
Registration is underway for the Institute's twelfth online introductory workshop, "Getting Started with Oral History," offered on consecutive Wednesdays, April 1 and 8.
BUIOH Launches Twitter Account & New Social Media Initiative
This month BUIOH will begin a new concerted effort to broadcast the work of the institute to the public. A cornerstone of this plan is the creation of the official BUIOH Twitter account, @BaylorOH.