Gathering firsthand accounts from eyewitnesses to history is rewarding work. Interviewers invest hours of research time before and during an interview series and narrators reward them with candid, thoughtful responses. The collaboration shared by both in giving voice to an individual's experience with history is almost always mutually gratifying.
Transcribers and editors contribute additional hours preparing the oral history for public view, with the reward coming at the moment students or seasoned scholars find salient testimony to support their research topics. For those students and scholars, satisfaction arrives with the completion of their thesis or dissertation, the publication of their article, book chapter, or full-length book, or the presentation of a lecture or documentary production.
As the witness of an oral history interview becomes known to wider and wider circles, informing, complicating, and contradicting previous understandings of the past, interviewers and their narrators realize again the reward of oral history done well. We welcome your review of recent publications based upon the Baylor oral history collection through the links in the box above. Authors of these works may be the original interviewers, including Institute faculty, Baylor faculty, and others. They may be students and scholars who found useful materials within oral history memoirs created by others and made available in Baylor's oral history collection. Many are former Faculty Research Fellows or Visiting Research Fellows supported by Institute research grants.
In addition to supporting investigation of our collection, the Institute for Oral History finds both the methodology and theory of oral history -- the doing and the understanding of what we are doing -- exciting. We promote best standards for oral history applications in interdisciplinary research. The list below highlights our publications on doing and understanding oral history.
Publications from the Institute for Oral History