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Oral History Collection

The Oral History collection of the Southwest Collection is one of the largest in Texas. More than 4,500 tapes, containing 2,800 interviews, have been abstracted and indexed on this page, but we also encourage you to visit our digitized oral histories and abstracts at the SWC/SCL Digital Repository.

These interviews trace the development of West Texas from settlement to the present time when the area has become a major agribusiness and medical region. Subjects covered include, oil, ranching, community and economic development:




Significance of water in a semi-arid area


Tent shows


Coal mining at Thurber, Texas

Finding aids are available for researchers to use in the Holden Reading Room. For information about finding aids or listening to the Oral History see our Reference Policies.  Please visit our Oral History Program for more information.

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