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Collection Overview

Title: Oral History Program Collection, 1964 - 2017Add to your cart.
ID: 02/03/ U0176
Primary Creator: University of North Texas. Oral History Program.
Extent: 61.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The interviews are arranged by the format and then alphabetically.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2013. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Audiotapes
Compact discs
Indexes (reference sources)
Languages: English


This collection contains the recorded interviews of individuals who witnessed or participated in historic events.  The edited transcriptions of these interviews are made available to researchers, students, and the general public.  The interviews are conducted by faculty and students of UNT.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The oral history program interviews individuals concerning their memories of historic events they witnessed or participated in.  The interviews are transcribed, edited and bound. The Oral History Program collection includes Cassette Tapes, Reel to Reel Tapes, Compact Discs, and Mini Discs, as well as documents and artifacts. The materials largely cover a range of years from 1962 – 2013. The collection includes interviews from the Legislative Project, the New Deal Project, the Pearl Harbor Project, the Prisoners of War Project, the Texas Republican Women’s Project, and the Texas Textile Mill Project. The collection also includes many interviews about topics such as the Civilian Conservation Corps., desegregation of North Texas State College, interviews with local business owners, immigration, and the Texas Pop Festival.

There are also many interviews with noteworthy individuals including: Mary Kay Ash, Norman Brinker, Frank Cuellar, Sr., Frank Cuellar, Jr., Bette C. Graham, Cecil H. Green, Herman W. Lay, M. Lamar Muse, C.B. Owens, Jerry Owens, Richard Rogers, Paul Voertman, David Allred, Kay Bailey, Earle Cabell, Bill Clayton, Price Daniel, Martin Dies, DeWitt Hale, O.H. “Ike” Harris, Abner Haynes, Eddie Bernice Johnson,  Norman Mailer, Allen Shivers, Preston Smith, Coke Stevenson, Ben Wooten, and Charles Wilson. Along with correspondence from Edwin A. Walker, Barbara Jordan, and Ladybird Johnson.

Biographical Note

The Oral History Program was established by Dr. H. W. Kamp in 1964.  He based many of the proceedures and policies for the new program on those of the Oral History Research Office at Columbia University.  Dr. Ronald E. Marcello led the program from 1968 to 2005.  The program is currently being directed by Dr. Todd Moye.  The purpose of the program is to preserve, through recorded interviews, the memoirs of individuals who have been eyewitnesses to or participants in historic events.

[Information for this entry comes from the Oral History Program web page.]

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is restricted.  Please contact the UNT Archives for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collectin are subject to the policies o the UNT Special Collections department.  Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2016-027
Acquisition Source: Oral History Program
Acquisition Method: Gift
Original/Copies Note: The Archives holds second copies of the interviews.
Related Materials: The transcripts of the interviews are housed in Archives and Rare Books and are available to researchers, students and the general public.
Preferred Citation: Oral History Program Recordings Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: 1-25-2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - added Box 59 and corresponding material to Series 4


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