University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Repository description: Founded in 1973, the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has collected more than 5,000 interviews. Many of the projects attempt to capture community change in the South through interviews with ordinary people, but some projects have focused on more elite political and economic actors.

Regulatory significance: The regulatory dimensions of many of these oral histories are rarely at the center of the SOHP’s projects, but several collections of interviews explore regulations related to race and agriculture. A few projects expose the views of southern businessmen regarding environmental and labor regulations, as well as the deregulation of international trade. Very few interviews pertain to day-to-day regulatory procedures from the regulators’ point-of-view.

Relevant projects:
Integration and Health Care in North Carolina
Tobacco, History, and Memory in eastern North Carolina
North Carolina Business History Project

Digital access: Transcripts for the bulk of the collection are available online. Audio for many interviews is online as well.

Physical access: Transcripts, audio, and other archival materials are available at the Southern Historical Collection at the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.


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