Baylor University Institute for Oral History

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Address and Contact Info:

Address: 1 Bear Pl., #97271, 304 Carroll Library, Fifth and Speight Sts., Waco, TX 76798-7271.

Phone: (254) 710-3437.

Fax: (254) 710-4679.


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Collection Summary:

Founded in 1970, the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University has created more than 4,000 oral history interviews. All interviews are recorded and transcribed; approximately 10 percent are videorecorded. Broad topics of inquiry, primarily on the South and Southwest, include business, law, religion (with emphasis on Baptists), local and institutional history, rural life, fine arts, and historic preservation. Within these topics, examples of recent projects include cotton culture in Texas, Western swing music, and the fundamentalist controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention. Completed interviews are housed in The Texas Collection, a special collections library at Baylor. The oral history collection is cataloged into BearCat, the Baylor University online catalog

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