"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
Steven Sielaff Joins Baylor Faculty as BUIOH Senior Editor & Collections Manager
On June 1, 2014, Steven Sielaff became a full-time lecturer at Baylor University in the position of Senior Editor and Collections Manager in the Institute for Oral History. Steven brings to the job three years’ experience across a broad range of oral history practice as a BUIOH graduate assistant and staff member.
BUIOH expresses thanks to retiring Senior Editor Elinor Mazé
On May 20, the Institute hosted an intimate reception honoring Baylor Senior Lecturer and BUIOH Senior Editor Elinor Mazé, who will retire on May 31 after thirteen years of outstanding service. During her time with us, Elinor stood at the helm, confidently steering us toward the horizon, as BUIOH navigated the sometimes choppy waters of the digital tidal wave that revolutionized the ways oral history is created, disseminated, and preserved.
BUIOH Participates in Preservation Week 2014
The Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) partnered with both the Baylor University Libraries and the Waco-McLennan County Library to assist their participation in oral history projects for Preservation Week 2014.
Listening on the Edge, edited by BUIOH Director Stephen Sloan, now available on Amazon!
Baylor University Associate Professor of History and BUIOH Director Stephen Sloan, along with Curator and Oral Historian of the Historic New Orleans Collection Mark Cave, recently served as co-editors on a publication documenting the use of oral history to explore modern-day stories of crisis and disaster. Titled Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis and published by Oxford University Press, this effort is now available for purchase on Amazon.