Oral History Interviews

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The Oral History Program is committed to the use of recorded interviews as an indispensable modern research tool. Oral histories are used in collaboration with more traditional manuscript resources to paint as accurate an historical picture as possible. Researchers are able to hear first-hand spontaneous accounts in the eyewitness’s own words, complete with inflections and colloquialisms. The Oral History collection at the Southwest Collection is one of the largest in Texas, with more than 6,000 interviews in its holdings.


Contact information:

Elissa Stroman, PhD
Oral History Assistant Archivist
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Box 41041
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1041
Phone (806) 742-3749

Abstracts of older oral histories in the Southwest Collection's holdings can be found on the Oral History Collection website.

Visit The Southwest Collection's Reference Services website for more information on collections at the archive.


The images in this collection are for study purposes, teaching, classroom projection and research only. To use these digital files in any form, an attribution of "Courtesy of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library" must accompany the image.

Note: The transcribers and editors of these documents strove to create as accurate and faithful a transcription of the oral history interview as possible. However, these documents may still contain mistakes. Spellings of proper nouns and places were researched thoroughly, but readers may still find inaccuracies, inaudible passages, homophones, and possible malapropisms. Any words followed by “[?]” notate our staff’s best faith efforts. We encourage researchers to compare the transcript to the original recording if there are any questions. Please contact the SWC/SCL Reference department for access information. Any corrections or further clarifications may be sent to the Oral History Archivist.