Higher Education Institutional Oral History

A higher education institution’s history is largely recorded in its yearbooks, university publications and media, and student publications. Conducting oral history interviews with faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and emeriti can also reveal more nuances about the history of the institution. By capturing the community’s daily lives, oral history interviews can help the university better preserve its history and can help the administration improve the academic experience.

Here is an example of Institutional Oral History:


This Interview is part of a series of oral history interviews directed by the Special Collections Department of The University of Baltimore’s Library. The interview was conducted on May 20, 1977. The interviewee is the president of the University of Baltimore H. Mebane Turner from 1969 to 1979.[1]

  1. H. Mebane Turner, (1977, May 20), Interview by Oral History Project [Tape: 11]. Oral History Project Collection, UR0031. University of Baltimore Institutional Archives, The University of Baltimore Special Collections and Archives, Baltimore, MD, United States. https://archivesspace.ubalt.edu/repositories/4/archival_objects/31757 Accessed April 07, 2021.