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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. 

Today BUIOH is proud to announce the launch of our newest project website, "Survivors of Genocide." From May 2015 through October 2016, the Institute conducted fourteen oral histories with survivors of the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda/Burundi, Bosnia, and Darfur. This work was contracted through a grant from the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission in order for survivors who now live in Texas to tell their stories of escaping the horrors of their homelands and finding a new life in the United States.
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.