Adrienne Cain

Adrienne Cain
Assistant Director
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MLS, University of North Texas
BA, Prairie View A&M University

ADRIENNE CAIN, MLS, CA, is the assistant director of the Institute for Oral History and lecturer at Baylor University. In this role, she supports the Institute by providing training and workshops to community groups, students, educators, and researchers who desire to create an oral history project for their neighborhoods, classrooms, communities, and research. As an oral historian, Cain has worked on several projects in the role of a trainer, creator, and consultant. 

As a part of her role at Baylor, Cain has served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas Oral History Association since 2016. She has also led the Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists as Vice-Chair, Chair, and currently Past Chair (2018 to present). She is a member of the Oral History Association and served as the 2019 annual meeting Program Co-Chair (Salt Lake City). In addition to these organizations, Cain also holds membership in the Academy of Certified Archivists, Society of Southwest Archivists, and the Texas Library Association. She has also served as a consultant for the HBCU Truth Documentation and Reconciliation Oral History Project since 2016.

Cain has presented her work and research on oral history use and methodology for the Texas Library Association, Texas Oral History Association, Texas State Historical Association, Southwest Oral History Association, Oral History Association, and the International Oral History Association. Her current oral history research focuses on documenting the formation of Black Greek organizations on the campus of Baylor University and the experiences of Black Baylor students during that time period.

In addition to her work for the Institute, Cain also teaches a New Student Experience course in the fall. She is a member of Baylor’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and also serves as a faculty mentor for My Sister, MySelf (MSMS), a support group that focuses on the holistic development of Black female students and professional staff on the campus of Baylor University. Cain is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Delta Alpha Omega (Waco) chapter which serves the Waco-McLennan County area with numerous community service campaigns and programs.