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Penn State Oral History Collections


Penn State History interviews, 1968-2004: 75 interviews with former University presidents, administrators, faculty and trustees.

Samuel Bayard, Pennsylvania Folk Music, 1965-1995: 66 interviews. Ethnomusicologists Samuel Bayard and Robert Doyle interviewed traditional musician in rural Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Specifically focused on fiddle and fife music, this collection documents a disappearing musical and oral tradition in the Allegheny mountains.

Italian-American History and Heritage interviews, 2001-2004: 62 interviews conducted by students in Italian language class reflecting heritage, traditions, customs, and immigration of families with Italian roots.

College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Agent interviews, 1970-1986: 32 interviews detailing the work of the agents, agricultural trends, and the counties within Pennsylvania where their work takes place.

“A Few Good Women,” interviews, 1985-1995: 26 interviews conducted with prominent Washington D.C. female politicians, lobbyists, activists and organizers. Initiated by former Secretary of Commerce Barbara Franklin, the program was focused on documenting the rise to influence of significant women in federal government positions.

Student Activism interviews, 1970-1974: 24 interviews with Penn State students and administrators who participated in student activism on campus between 1966 and 1974.

Black Experience at Penn State, interviews, 1988: 23 interviews with former African-American students and faculty about their experiences at Penn State. Interviews were conducted and disseminated as part of three-part series in Penn State Alumni News.

State College Community interviews, 1975-2004: 22 interviews with prominent community leaders including Mayors Arnold Addison and Bill Welch.

World War II Veterans Project, 2002-2004: 18 interviews conducted by Communications Studies students of World War II veterans. Interviews and transcripts submitted to Library of Congress World War II commemorative project.

History of Sports Medicine, interviews, 2001-2004: 14 Interviews with current and former faculty and physicians involved in the development and growth of Penn State’s Sports Medicine program.

College of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering interviews, 1979-1986: 6 interviews with former Penn State Engineering faculty members who went on to head the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission incouding Nunzio Palladino and Forrest Remick.