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Oral History Collections

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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This project aims to help document the history of the Mesonet through the stories of people involved in its development and use.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 “being Pete” and are featured in this web resource.

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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.

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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.

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From 2009 through 2013, Then & Now aired on KOSU-FM every week. Episodes highlighted unique and diverse voices from across the OOHRP’s collections.

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This website is created to honor and preserve the legacy of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel and facilitate research over her life and writing.

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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.

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