Oral History Origins

Though the Samford Traditions and Oral History Initiative is only a few years old itself, Samford has a long history with fostering an oral history program. Samford history professor and alum Wayne Flynt is one who paved the way, getting the information necessary to do oral history right. We recently found this 1973 letter to Dr. Flynt answering his questions about recorders and recommending he join the Oral History Association.

We even located one of the Sony recorders Dr. Jones suggested – still here in the history department!  No doubt it recorded many interviews arranged by Dr. Flynt and Dr. Marlene Rikard.  These early efforts by Samford history professors laid the groundwork for continued oral history practice on campus as a way to learn more about ourselves and the stories we tell.

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