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Oral History Collections
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Big Top Show Goes On
The "Big Top" Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Circus Tent aims to preserve the voices and experiences of those involved with the work culture associated with Hugo, Oklahoma's tent circus tradition.
Building a Bigger Table
“Building a Bigger Table: An Oral History Project on the Development of a Stillwater, OK Food Resource Center” is a series of interviews conducted from 2016-2018 with three distinct groups of individuals, each representing a unique perspective in the local Stillwater, OK food landscape. Though the interview topics vary between groups in relation to community development initiatives and experiences with food insecurity, interviews with all three groups address foodways, food practices, and the ways that food shapes identities and impacts dignity.
Centennial Farm Families
The Oklahoma Centennial Farm Families oral history project features interviews with family farm owners and operators who have been involved in the farming and ranching business in Oklahoma for 100 years or more and have been designated as an "Oklahoma Centennial Farm or Ranch" by the Oklahoma History Society.
Chilocco Indian Agricultural School Collection
The Federal government established the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School in 1883-84 to provide vocational training and educational opportunities for Native American children from across the United States. This collection contains over 1,100 images of campus facilities, students and staff, activities, and events and over 40 oral history interviews conducted with the school's alumni and military veterans.
COVID-19 Teacher Poets Writing to Bridge the Distance
This collection documents the teachers' poetry and writing experiences during the 2020 COVID-19 school closings and the topics and insights that emerged.
Cowboys in Every County
The purpose of Cowboys in Every County, a subseries of the O-STATE Stories Oral History Project, is to gather and preserve memories revolving around Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (OAMC) and Oklahoma State University (OSU).
Deep Roots: Oklahoma Authors Oral History Project
The Deep Roots: Oklahoma Authors Oral History Project documents the first-person perspective of authors with Oklahoma ties who discuss their lives, work, and creative processes.
Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry
These interviews share accounts of everything from canning and home remedies, square dances and weddings, to Black Sunday, and full details of coping with dust from what has been called the worst natural disaster ever. This collection seeks to preserve these firsthand accounts and make them accessible to scholars, researchers and anyone interested in this history.
Glass House Oral History Project
The Glass House Oral History Project features interviews with Vinita residents and former employees of the Glass House Restaurant and their memories of the iconic building.
Global Campus Oral History Project
The Global Campus Oral History Project is a series of interviews that focuses on students with international experiences and backgrounds at Tulsa Community College.
Impressions from the Pandemic: Oklahomans Reflect on COVID-19
This project will collect, preserve, manage and interpret documentary sources representing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic experience in Oklahoma.
Married for Life Oral History Project
The Oklahoma Married for Life Oral History Project is a series of interviews with Oklahoma couples who have been married 70 years or more. The purpose of the project is to preserve the historical memories and legacies of Oklahoma’s oldest living married couples and address the question: What is the secret to a long and satisfying marriage?
Monarch Butterflies Oral History Project
The Monarch Butterflies in Oklahoma Oral History Project is a series of interviews with people engaged with various aspects of the monarch butterfly and its habitat.
Oklahoma 100 Year Life
A joint effort between the OOHRP and the OSU College of Human Sciences, this oral history project features interviews with citizens of Oklahoma who have lived 100 years or more and are living to tell the tale!
Oklahoma 2018 Education Walkouts: An Oral History Project
The Oklahoma 2018 Education Walkouts: An Oral History Project seeks to better understand the impacts of the 2018 Oklahoma Education Walkouts on its participants, and to establish a record for future generations to understand this historic event from the perspective of the people who made it happen.
Oklahoma Activism in Education during the Civil Rights Movement
The Oklahoma Activism in Education during the Civil Rights Movement Collection is a series of interviews meant to provide context surrounding the period of segregation in Oklahoma City as well as the events, both inside and outside of the classroom, that were involved in leading the desegregation efforts in the state. The interviews were conducted as part of dissertation research by Dr. Autumn Brown.
Oklahoma's Conservation Heritage Oral History Collection
This project aims to help document the history of the nature conservation in Oklahoma through the stories of people involved in conservation work within the state.
Oklahoma Humanities at 50 Years
The Oklahoma Humanities at 50 Years Oral History Collection is a series of interviews that examine and preserve the organization's history, work, and impact on humanities support in Oklahoma. This project was developed by the Oklahoma Humanities, with interviews conducted by interns recruited from the History Departments at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, with oversight from Oklahoma Oral History Research Program.
Oklahoma Mesonet Oral History Project
This project aims to help document the history of the Mesonet through the stories of people involved in its development and use.
Oklahoma Native Artists Project
The Oklahoma Native Artists Project is a series of oral history interviews with Native artists, collectors, and gallery owners. The purpose of this project is to highlight the lives and careers of Native artists, to draw attention to the political aspects of making Native art, and to raise awareness of its cultural and economic importance.
Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame
Launched in 2007, this ongoing oral history project aims to preserve the voices and experiences of inductees to the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame as designated by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.
Oklahoma's Immigrant Women Artists
The purpose of the Immigrant Women Artists Oral History Project is to examine the occupational folklife of first-generation immigrant women artists living in Oklahoma and the networks of support that allow them to pursue their vocations in a new environment.
Oklahoma State University's COVID-19 Incident Management Team Operations
About the Collection The Oklahoma State University COVID-19 Incident Management Team oral history project documents the operations of Oklahoma State University’s Incident Management Teams as they worked with students, staff, and faculty throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. These interviews were conducted as a part of dissertation research for Rodney Eksteen, titled 'A critical analysis of Oklahoma State University’s short & extended duration COVID-19 incident management team operations.'
Oral History and Art in Taos, New Mexico
The Oral History and Art in Taos, New Mexico Collection consists of interviews conducted as part of the Oral History and Art in Taos, New Mexico summer course held during July 2012 in conjunction with Oklahoma State University and the Doel Reed Center for the Arts.
O-STATE Stories is a project of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and chronicles the rich history, heritage and traditions of Oklahoma State University.
OSU Diverse Sexuality and Gender
The purpose of the OSU Diverse Sexuality and Gender oral history project is to collect and preserve stories from individuals with diverse sexuality and gender identities, including but not limited to LGBTQA+ alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of Oklahoma State University (OSU), with anaim to document the diverse sexuality and gender cultural history of the university through individual voices.
Pistol Pete Interview Series
In 2008, the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pistol Pete by conducting a series of oral history interviews with former mascots. At that time, a number of these men were interviewed by the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library about their experiences â€œbeing Peteâ€ and are featured in this web resource.
Remembering Henry Bellmon
The Remembering Henry Bellmon oral history interview series seeks to complete the story of beloved Oklahoman Henry Bellmon through the voices of people who worked with him and for him during his political career.
The Spotlighting Oklahoma Oral History Project was officially launched in 2009 as a way to document the development of Oklahoma by recording its cultural and intellectual history.
STEM Areas and Women
The STEM Areas and Women Oral History Project aims to help document the history of women who have work experience in the historically predominantly male fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Oklahoma.
Stillwater's African American Heritage Oral History Collection
The Stillwater’s African American Heritage Oral History Collection is a series of interviews focused on the Black community of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and in particular former students of Washington School.
Then and Now
From 2009 through 2013, Then & Now aired on KOSU-FM every week. Episodes highlighted unique and diverse voices from across the OOHRP’s collections.
We Will Remember Promise
The We Will Remember Promise collection is a series of interviews with individuals associated with the 2001 plane crash that claimed the lives of ten men affiliated with the men’s basketball program and the 2011 plane crash that claimed the lives of four people connected to the women’s basketball program.
Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel
This website is created to honor and preserve the legacy of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel and facilitate research over her life and writing.
Women of the Oklahoma Legislature
Chronicling the lives of women involved in the legislative arena, the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project highlights memories and historical documents of women who have served or are currently serving in the Oklahoma Legislature.