The Institute of Oral History was founded in 1972 as part of the Department of History and now has over 1,600 oral histories available to the public and researchers.

Our mission: The Institute of Oral History (IOH) gathers, preserves, and disseminates the oral histories of people living in the US-Mexico borderlands. We do this by conducting interviews; making oral history audio recordings and transcripts available to researchers and the public; producing videos and podcasts; and promoting oral history through classes, workshops, publications, and internships. The IOH is committed to providing opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students to engage with oral history practitioners, faculty, and community members in order to develop professional and academic skills.

Our vision: The Institute of Oral History (IOH) is a recognized leader in advancing bilingual, bicultural, borderlands oral history theory and methodology.

Statements on Archival Content and Description


Browse the Institute of Oral History Collections:

Bracero Oral History Project

Combined Interviews

General Interviews

Paso del Norte Entrepreneurship Oral History Project

Texas Food Voices