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Welcome to Purdue University Libraries' Oral History Program website.

The program was launched in the summer of 2006 by the Dean of Libraries, James Mullins. Prior to that time oral history interviews had not been conducted under the auspices of the Purdue University Libraries. During the 1970's oral history interviews were conducted through the Office of Publications and the recordings and transcripts were turned over to the Archives and Special Collections for preservation and to allow access to researchers and the general public.

The current program captures reminiscences by individuals who have been associated with the University and its growth, changes and history. These interviews will aid in enriching our understanding of the history of Purdue University by retaining oral evidence of past decisions, events, accomplishments, programs and the general growth of the University through first-hand accounts by key individuals who participated in or actively observed the evolution of the University.