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About the OOHRP

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. We are also an arm of the OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies.

In written versions of history, the contributions and perspectives of many individuals and groups are left undocumented, and details and nuances are often excluded from the record. The methodology of oral history allows researchers to fill some of the gaps by interviewing individuals about their firsthand experiences and then making that material available to researchers and the general public.

By educating students, faculty, and community members in the methods and ethical standards of oral history, the OOHRP promotes the collection, preservation and analysis of interview-based research.

Want to know more about what oral history is? Check out this video from our Digital Storytelling Intern:

 

Find out more about the Faculty, Staff, and Students that work in the OOHRP here

 

The life cycle of an oral history project is more complex than the actual oral history interview. In fact, the entire process from topical research through making an oral history publicly accessibly takes roughly 33 hours per interview.

Want to know more about the step-by-step process? Check out this 2:46 minute video

All OOHRP interviews are created in a digital format (audio or video), transcribed for greater searchability, and - when no restrictions apply - made available through our online collections catalog.

Browse our project descriptions through the Oral History Collections page or search our online oral history collections by people or topics.

The OOHRP is committed to serving the Oklahoma and OSU communities. Staff is available to offer instructional workshops for communities or groups or speak to classes, whether at OSU or other educational institutions. We regularly consult on project design, archiving best practices, and the ethical and procedural standards based on Oral History Association's principals and best practices.

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to meet with staff in regards to oral history methodology, design, or technical considerations.

Oklahoma Oral History Research Program
207 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-7685
liboh@okstate.edu