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Featured Institutional Member: Oklahoma Oral History Research Program

The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) was founded in 2007 as part of the Oklahoma State University Library, with the goal of documenting and making accessible the history of Oklahoma and OSU through oral history interviews. In addition to conducting interviews staff members speak to classes, offer instruction and lead workshops. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to meet with staff also in regards to oral history methodology, design or technical considerations.

The narratives recorded in our collections help to fill gaps in the written cultural and intellectual history by preserving the experiences of both ordinary and extraordinary Oklahomans. Projects focus on various topics including women, farm families, Cooperative Extension educators, Oklahoma native artists and gallery owners, Germans from Russia, African American heritage, circus operators and performers, OSU alumni and supporters, and figures in Oklahoma history such as Angie Debo, Henry Bellmon, and Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel.

Interviews are transcribed and made accessible online through the OOHRP’s website: www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/