The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) was founded in 2007 as part of the Oklahoma State University Library, with the goal of documenting and making accessible the history of Oklahoma and OSU through oral history interviews.
In written versions of history, the contributions and perspectives of many individuals and groups are left undocumented, and details and nuances are often excluded from the record. The methodology of oral history allows researchers to fill some of the gaps by interviewing individuals about their firsthand experiences and then making that material available to researchers and the general public. By educating students, faculty, and community members in the methods and ethical standards of oral history, the OOHRP promotes the collection, preservation and analysis of interview-based research.
The program is also an arm of OSU’s Center for Oklahoma Studies and has a number of ongoing projects pertaining to the state’s history.
Oral history collections not available digitally on this site can be viewed in person by visiting the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program located in Room 207 of the OSU Library. Some interviews may have special restrictions or considerations.
The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program is committed to serving the OSU community. Staff is available
to speak to classes, offer instruction or workshops as requested. Undergraduate and graduate students are
welcome to meet with staff in regards to oral history methodology, design or technical considerations.
Please contact our office at (405) 744-7685 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.