On June 1, the Baylor University Institute for Oral History became part of the Baylor Libraries.
"We are pleased that the Institute for Oral History has joined the library family," said John Wilson, interim dean of University Libraries. "We have collaborated for many years on projects dealing with Waco history and recently worked together on a successful project on our women's collections. We have always shared a similar mission and look forward to broadening the infrastructure of the Institute and fostering collaboration between our faculty and staff."
The Institute for Oral History was founded in 1970 by a group of faculty members under the direction of Thomas L. Charlton, then a new assistant professor of history. From its inception, the institute has had a close working relationship with The Texas Collection, the university's oldest special collections library. Their long-standing alliance paves the way for new collaborations in the future.
The institute has been an invaluable resource for several areas of study. As a part of the library system, the institute will continue to record and preserve oral histories and assist scholars with specialized research. In addition to these services, the collection will provide essential information for research in historical topics concerning Baylor University, Texas Baptists, Hispanic Baptists, and Waco and McLennan County.
"Our new partnership with libraries gives us the opportunity to not only add to our collective body of knowledge on a variety of important topics, but also bring those stories and information to new audiences on campus and beyond," said Stephen Sloan, director of the Institute for Oral History. "Together, we look forward to fostering diverse learning communities of partners and patrons."
The Institute for Oral History is located on the third floor of Carroll Library on Baylor's campus. For questions about this partnership, please contact Carl Flynn at Carl_Flynn@baylor.edu.