The Institute for Oral History creates oral history memoirs by preserving a sound recording and transcript of interviews with individuals who are eyewitnesses to history. Together with our interviewees, we document memories representing the diversity of American society and encompassing varied topics of social and historical significance. We encourage oral history scholarship through fellowships, graduate assistantships, and training workshops, and we share the outcomes of our oral history research through publications and public programming.
Located in the historic Carroll Library, the Institute for Oral History is an interdisciplinary research department within Baylor Libraries. Our oral history memoirs assist scholars whose research covers such specialized areas as religion and culture, civil rights, music and theater, historic preservation, rural life, and women's studies, as well as selected topics in economics, law, education, and politics. In addition, our oral history collection provides essential information for research on historical topics concerning Baylor University, Waco, and McLennan County, Texas.
Having provided leadership among organized oral historians since our inception, the Institute for Oral History