Repository description: The Institute for Oral History at Baylor University has collected more than 5,000 oral histories since 1970. With a focus on Texas, the Institute describes its principle research areas as religion and culture, civil rights, music and theater, historic preservation, rural life, and women’s studies, as well as selected topics in economics, law, education, and politics. It also has significant holdings on Baylor University, Texas Baptists, Hispanic Baptists, and Waco and McLennan County, Texas.
Regulatory significance: This repository should prove valuable to researchers interested in agricultural regulation, including price setting, inspection, standard setting, and self-regulatory organizations; environmental regulation, particularly as related to the oil industry and agriculture; local regulation, especially related to historic preservation; and to a lesser extent labor regulation.
Texas Cotton Farmers
Digital access: Approximately 1,500 interviews have been transcribed digitally with pdfs available through the Institute’s digital collection. Digital audio is available for only a few interviews online.
Physical access: The collection is available to researchers and housed on the third floor of the Carroll Library at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.