This past week the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) congratulated Associate Director Lois E. Myers upon her retirement after thirty years of service. Among the festivities were a wonderful farewell dinner at Diamondbacks and an intimate reception which featured a musical video tribute created by BUIOH staff and students.
After a national search, BUIOH is excited to announce the appointment of Adrienne Cain as Assistant Director! Adrienne will join the Institute on August 1 to coincide with the date of Associate Director Lois Myers' retirement. As part of the position, Adrienne will also be named Secretary/Treasurer of the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) and will hold the rank of Lecturer on the Baylor University faculty.
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."
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.