"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 Launches "OH! It's Online!" Monthly Collection Updates
Starting today, April 1, BUIOH will be posting monthly updates detailing the items recently added to our online collection. The list of memoirs will be further divided by whether or not the interview’s audio file is also available.
Oral Memoirs of William Meredith Pinson Jr. Now Available Online
Historians analyzing the culture of Texas through the lens of religion will be interested in a new resource focusing on Texas Baptists available online from the Baylor University Institute for Oral History. The Oral Memoirs of William Meredith Pinson Jr., encompassing 57.88 recorded hours and 913 transcript pages, are now available HERE.
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.