"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

OH! It's Online! - May 2015
Here is the list of interviews uploaded to our online collection database last month. All interviews feature both draft transcripts and audio.

2015 TOHA Annual Conference Recap
The Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) held its fourth annual meeting this past Saturday at the Texas A&M University – Commerce campus in Commerce, TX. Around seventy-five attendees listened to presentations across eight sessions during the one-day conference.

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.

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