Integration and Health Care in North Carolina

Project description: This project deals with the origins and growth of the modern health care system in North Carolina, focusing on integration and its effects on health policy.

Regulatory significance: These interviews highlight the role that federal hospital regulations played in equalizing medical care for African Americans in the South.

RepositoryUniversity of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Interview dates: 1997

Digital access: Transcripts for these interviews are available online.

Physical access: For access to all audio and archived material, visit the Southern Historical Collection at the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.

Link: Integration and Health Care in North Carolina

Washington State Oral History Program

Collection description: The Washington State Legislature maintains an oral history program that collects interviews with influential legislators, from the 1930s onward. Most of the interviews are conducted in a biographically oriented life history style, and are extremely long, running to more than 500 pages as transcripts. Interviewees address their experience in the Washington State Legislature as well as other experiences in the private sector and federal office.

Regulatory significance: These interviews cover a gamut of regulatory issues at the state level, including labor regulation, environmental regulation, and the role of lobbyists.

Location: Washington State Legislature in Olympia, Washington

Dates: 1983 – present

Access: Open to the public

Digital access: Transcripts for all but the most recent interviews are available online, as well as other digital material including photos and biographies.


Interviewees: ~24

Southern Rural Poverty Collection

Project description: This project contains more than 30 interviews with individuals who worked to address southern poverty in their communities up to the early 1990s. The focus of the interviews is on efforts after the passage of major federal civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965, including those related to Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.

Regulatory significance: Many of the interviewees discuss issues that stem from overlapping regulatory jurisdictions at the local, state, and federal level. Health care, housing, employment, and agriculture are major themes, and some interviewees discuss environmental regulation to improve the health of the rural poor.

RepositoryDuke University, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Interview dates: 1992-1994

Digital access: Video recordings of the oral histories are available for many interviews, and transcripts are available for almost all of them.


Women in the Federal Government Project

Project description: The purpose of the project was to interview selected women who held civil service or appointed positions and to make the interview transcripts available to students and researchers interested in tracing the careers and contributions of women in the federal government. The project, which includes nine oral histories, focuses on women who began their government careers during the first half of the twentieth century, and includes narrators from such varied fields as law, education, economics, business, engineering, and medicine. Related interviews may be available at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which helped fund the project.

Regulatory significance: A few of these interviews suggest regulatory significance. The oral history with Caroline Ware involves consumer protection and the Food and Drug Administration. Other interviewees discuss social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and regulation to address employment discrimination.

RepositoryColumbia Center for Oral History

Interview dates: 1981-1988

Digital access: Only abstracts. No online transcripts or audio.

Physical access: For transcripts and audio, researchers may visit the Columbia Center for Oral History.


Interviewees: Ida Craven Merriam, Margaret Joy Tibbetts, Mabel Deutrich, Katnerine Brownell Oettinger, Caroline Ware, Ellen Black Winston, Mildred McAfee Horton, and Mary Dublin Keyserling.

Library of the U.S. Courts of the Seventh Circuit

Collection description: Oral history interviews with judges of the Seventh Circuit have been conducted by volunteer attorneys since 1984. They focus on the biographies of the interviewed judges.

Regulatory significance: Of the five interviews available online, only a small portion relate to regulation. Prentice Marshall discusses his time as a hearing officer for the Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission. Allen Sharp briefly discusses an environmental case brought against U.S. Steel.

Location: Seventh Circuit Library Collection, Chicago.

Dates: 1984 – Present

Access: Open to the public

Digital access: Five transcripts are available online, with judges Prentice H. Marshall, James Moran, James Benton Parsons, and Allen Sharp.


Interviewees: at least 31

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Collection description: At least two projects have collected interviews with former EEOC administrators and staff. In 1999, students at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) conducted eight oral history interviews with former EEOC staff members. Additionally, the EEOC conducted video interviews with about a dozen EEOC staff members and other stakeholders for its 35th anniversary.

Regulatory significance: Some of the interviews contain rich information regarding the evolution of the EEOC, on the ground investigations and enforcement, its relationship with employers and labor unions, and intraoffice conflicts.

Dates: 1999-2000

Digital access: Transcripts—some full, some partial, and some merely summary—of interviews conducted through Southwest Texas State University are available online. The links to video interviews conducted by the EEOC appear to be broken, and full transcripts are not available.

Interviewees: ~20