Institute for Oral History News

BUIOH's Newest Publication "Tattooed on My Soul" Highlights WWII Testimonies
For 45 years the Baylor University Institute for Oral History has dutifully gathered the eyewitness testimonies of WWII veterans living in the state of Texas. Now seventeen of the most compelling narratives are available in the most recent BUIOH publication "Tattooed on My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II."

BUIOH Launches the Texas Liberators of WWII Online Exhibit
Today, BUIOH is proud to announce that all finished materials relating to the Texas Liberators project are now available online via a dedicated exhibit page. On the site you can find descriptions of each liberator followed by a link to their interview record. Contained therein are three major components: the electronic version of the final transcript, the access version of the interview audio, and a further link to an external viewer called OHMS where you can interact with the full interview video.

BUIOH Summer 2015 Recap!
The summer of 2015 was a very productive season for BUIOH this year. Thanks to the hard work of a wonderful group of eight student workers and fruitful partnerships with entities outside the institute we were able to accomplish a great deal during what is normally a quiet, sleepy three months on campus. Here are some of the highlights:

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.

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.

BUIOH at OHA 2014 Recap!
Five members of the BUIOH staff recently attended the Oral History Association's (OHA) 48th annual meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, October 7-12. The theme for this year's conference was Oral History in Motion: Movements, Transformations, and the Power of Story.

Post-9/11 Stories - Veteran Students at Baylor
For those Americans who served their country through military service in the greater War on Terror, 9/11 is more than just a date for remembrance marked on the calendar each year. The consequences of the horrible events of that day continue to resonate year-round as veterans of these conflicts experience any number of ongoing challenges after they return home to the country they proudly helped to defend. The day after our national commemoration of the 9/11 anniversary, BUIOH would like to highlight a project that focused on a particular facet of this re-acclimation process.

BUIOH Hosts Dr. Lye Soo Choon from National Archives of Singapore
During the week of August 18-22, the Institute for Oral History was honored by a visit from Dr. Lye Soo Choon, Senior Oral History Specialist at the Oral History Centre of the National Archives of Singapore.

Institute Awards Charlton Research Grant to Blues Musicians Oral History Project
The Baylor Institute for Oral History announces the awarding of its 2014-2015 Charlton Oral History Research Grant to Dr. Roger Davis Gatchet, assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University, to support his project titled “Talking the Blues: An Oral History of Blues Musicians in Austin, Texas.”

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.

Living Stories Celebrates 100 Episodes, Inclusion on iTunes U
Editor Michelle Holland recently completed her series of 100 radio spots featuring audio clips from the BUIOH collection.

Associate Director Lois Myers Honored with TOHA Lifetime Achievement Award
On April 5th at the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) annual conference in Nacogdoches, TX, BUIOH Associate Director Lois Myers received the Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award.

Around Waco - The Piazza Family
With the liquidation auction of the Piazza Bros. Shoe Store in Waco scheduled for this March 29th, we revisit an interview from the BUIOH archive with a Piazza sister, Garcenina Margarita, or "Tina" for short.

Editor Michelle Holland Honored as Outstanding Staff for 2013!
On January 30th at the Spring Staff Forum, our Editor Michelle Holland was one of eight individuals honored by Baylor University as a 2013 Outstanding Staff Member.

Shirley Temple Black - Remembering an Oscars Legend
With the 86th Academy Awards to be held this Sunday, we would like to highlight a collection of interviews from the BUIOH archives that focus on an Oscars icon - Shirley Temple.

BUIOH Style Guide Mentioned by Chicago Press
In the latest iteration of The Chicago Manual of Style's Q&A section, the BUIOH Style Guide was recommended for use in transcribing oral histories. Congrats again to our editors past and present for creating such a valuable and noted resource!

BUIOH Interviews Highlighted on BBC "Witness" Program
Two archived interviews used by editor Michelle Holland in her "Living Stories" collaborative project with KWBU were recently highlighted in an episode of "Witness" produced by BBC World Service.

From the BUIOH Vault: The JFK Assassination
On this 50'th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX, the BUIOH has selected two unique memories to highlight concerning the events of that fateful day and the subsequent aftermath. Included are audio clips of the testimony courtesy of our in-progress digitization efforts.

BUIOH Represented at the 2013 OHA Annual Meeting
On October 9-13 members of the BUIOH staff attended the Oral History Association (OHA) Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sessions were held at the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Downtown OKC, with evening excursions also scheduled at the Oklahoma History Center and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Several staff members and ex-students presented at the conference: here is a brief summary of their experiences.

Updated BUIOH Style Guide Now Available!
BUIOH Editor Michelle Holland recently completed an update of the official BUIOH Transcribing Style Guide. This twenty-page guide is now online and available for download here.

Full Audio Migration Begins!
The first full-length audio files of BUIOH-transcribed interviews have been added and are now accessible on our ContentDM searchable database! These mp3 files are playable currently in Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox web browsers with Google Chrome functionality to be added soon.

JFK Surgeon Dr. Robert N. McClelland Interviewed
During his visit to Baylor on October 24'th to participate in the Honors College lecture series, Dr. Robert N. McClelland, surgeon to both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald during the fateful events in November, 1963, sat down for an oral history interview with BUIOH Director Dr. Stephen Sloan.

Testimonies of Texas Liberators Available Online (Updated)
The full series of trailers of the video oral histories recorded by the Institute for Oral History for the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Texas Liberators oral history project are now available online. Eventually, the transcripts of interviews with all nineteen participants, who were liberators of German concentration camps at the end of World War II, will also be published

Dr. Sloan Presents Lecture/Workshop in South Texas
Dr. Stephen Sloan, Institute director, is the invited plenary lecturer and workshop leader for the upcoming South Texas Oral History Workshop, Friday, February 15, through Saturday, February 16, at Texas A&M University in Kingsville.

Proposals Due Soon for OHA Meeting in Oklahoma City in October
The new year brings a great opportunity for oral historians in Texas and its neighbor states to take part in the annual meeting of the Oral History Association, which will be October 9-13 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. A program filled with special events is being prepared by OHA Vice President Stephen Sloan and program cochairs Beth Millwood and Todd Moye.

Deadline for Community Grant Applications Extended
BUIOH will accept applications for its 2013 Community Oral History Grant through January 18. In its fourth year, the grant continues to assist nonprofit community organizations to initiate and carry through a local oral history project. Click here or on the button to the right to visit our Community Oral History Grant information page.

2012-2013 Charlton Research Grant Awarded
Over the 2012-2013 academic year, the Institute for Oral History will partner with Dr. Rosemarie M. Esber to further her oral history interview project documenting the experiences of Arab Americans living in the southern United States.

Online Workshop August 8 & 15
Join our online workshop on August 8 and 15 to learn how to get started using oral history to address your research topic. Click on the blue button "Get Started with Oral History" to learn more.

Graduate Assistantship Available For Fall & Spring
The Institute for Oral History has an opening for one graduate assistant for fall 2012 and spring 2013. Students enrolled in the Baylor University Graduate School are invited to apply immediately for this opportunity. Click on the link "For Baylor Graduate Students" under Quick Links at the left and learn more.

Snapshot of International Dialogue on Oral History Released
Dr. Stephen Sloan traveled to Instanbul in February at the invitation of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue to take part in a discussion on Oral History in the Middle East and Central Asia. A summary report of the dialogue is now available.

BUIOH Names Community Grant Recipient
BUIOH has awarded its 2012 Community Oral History Grant to the Bremond Historical Society. The grant supports an oral history project highlighting the Polish community in and around the Robertson County town of Bremond.

Work Begins on Texas Liberators of World War II Concentration Camps Oral History Project
Baylor's Institute for Oral History has begun gathering the stories of World War II veterans who were eyewitnesses to the liberation of concentration camps for a new project funded by a grant from the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.

Civil Rights History Project Includes Baylor Oral Histories
The Library of Congress American Folklife Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture have created an online Survey of Collections and Repositories of civil rights oral histories. Links are provided to the major oral history collections across the nation, including Baylor's Institute for Oral History.

Mart Community Project Unveils Mosaic Mural
Stephen Sloan and Becky Shulda participated in the recent dedication of a mosaic mural designed and created by young people through a cooperative program uniting students, schools, their community, two Texas universities, and local and visiting artists.

2011 Charlton Oral History Research Award Announced
BUIOH is pleased to announce that Velma E. Love, Ph.D., is the recipient of its first annual Charlton Oral History Research Award. With this award, the Institute partners with one scholar who is using oral history in interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research to address new questions and offer fresh perspectives on a subject area in which the research method has not yet been extensively applied.

BUIOH Director Quoted on Oral Storytelling
In "Storytellers Share Their Tales for Live Audience" on, Dr. Stephen Sloan, history professor and director of Baylor's Institute for Oral History, is quoted on the significance of oral storytelling.

BUIOH Receives AASLH Award of Merit
The American Association for State and Local History has recognized Institute faculty for their leadership in the Texas in World War II Initiative.

BUIOH Receives Award of Excellence in Preserving History
The Texas Historical Commission has named the Baylor University Institute for Oral History as its choice for the 2011 Award of Excellence in Preserving History. The award was presented to Stephen Sloan, Lois Myers, and Elinor Mazé, on April 1, 2011, in Austin.

Project on Lynching Culture Draws National Media Attention
The New York Times is the most recent media source to take a closer look at a significant civil rights project being processed for deposit and access by the Baylor Institute for Oral History. Rev. Angela D. Sims, assistant professor of ethics and black church studies at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO, is spending some time in Texas this spring gathering oral histories with witnesses to the violent racial climate of the past century. Her project, titled "Remembering Lynching: Strategies of Resistence and Visions of Justice," allows African Americans to speak, most for the first time, of their personal faith journey through a time marked by racial hatred and the horrors of lynching.

1980s Texas Sanctuary Movement Project Revisited by Researchers
Former BUIOH faculty members David Stricklin and Jaclyn Jeffrey have taken a fresh look at interviews they conducted in the 1980s with members of religious organizations that offered their churches as sanctuaries for refugees fleeing Central America.

Registration Opens for April Online Workshop
BUIOH announces the opening of registration for its fourth online workshop, offered on two consecutive Wednesdays: April 13 and 20, 2011. Previous workshops have attracted participants from across North America, from Panama to Canada.

BUIOH Announces 2011 Community Oral History Grant Awards
From many very worthy grant applications, BUIOH chose the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools and the Central Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for its 2011 Community Oral History Grants.

Sloan speaks at Italian Oral History Association conference in Naples, Italy
While we in the US feasted during Thanksgiving week, Stephen Sloan, director of the Baylor Institute for Oral History, was in Naples, Italy, as a special invited guest lecturer for the Italian Oral History Association meeting.

Saturday Evening Post Highlights Sloan Family Stories
An article on family memories in the November-December 2010 Saturday Evening Post magazine quoted BUIOH director Dr. Stephen Sloan's remarks on family oral history.

Project Highlights the Institute's Civil Rights Collection
Recent media attention on interviews with witnesses to lynching has spread the word about the Institute's extensive collection of oral histories on civil rights.

Dr. Sloan's Environmental History Course Featured in Video
The Baylor University Department of History is featuring a video invitation to Baylor students to enroll in History 4388, American Environmental History, which will be taught by Institute director, Dr. Stephen Sloan, in Spring 2011.

Baylor Faculty Lead Oral History Faculty Fellow Roundtable
On October 5, 2010, 4:00-5:00 p.m., in B3 Carroll Library, BUIOH hosted a roundtable to hightlight recent faculty oral history projects and to provide information for faculty applying for its 2011-2012 faculty research fellowships.

Apply now for Community Oral History Grant
Nonprofit organizations throughout Texas are welcomed to apply for our 2011 Community Oral History Grant, which enables a community to initiate and carry through an oral history project.

KWBU-FM Launches Living Stories
Created by BUIOH editor, Michelle Holland, Living Stories gives voice to the people whose interviews we have collected over the years.

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