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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. 

May
4
2018
Becky Shulda retires from the Institute today, May 4, 2018. She and her husband, Larry, and their dog Rowdy and cat Sweet Pea are relocating to Kansas where they plan to find new places to get out on the dance floor and show off their considerable skills to their new neighbors. Becky will be deeply missed by her colleagues and friends at Baylor and in Waco. Students, staff, and faculty alike wish them the very best in their new adventure.
May
1
2017
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.
Aug
3
2016
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.