Now Online: Institute of Texan Cultures Oral History Collection
Since the 1970s, the Institute of Texan Cultures has conducted oral history interviews with individuals from around the state of Texas. The oral histories document a wide range of people, activities, and events in Texas history and were later used in many of the ITC’s educational exhibits. Over 450 of these interviews and their transcripts are now available online through the UTSA Libraries Digital Collections web site.
The oral history collection includes interviews from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including artists, architects, civil rights leaders, performers at the Texas Folk Life Festival, Japanese Americans that were interned during World War II, jazz musicians, writers, and politicians. The collection includes interviews with a number of prominent figures such as the architect of the San Antonio River Walk, Robert H.H. Hugman, jazz musician Jim Cullum, San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford, businessman Red McCombs, labor leader Emma Tenayuca, civil rights leader Rev. Claude Black, Pulitzer prize winning playwright Horton Foote, and artist Jessie Treviño.
Continue to check our digital collections page for updates as oral histories will continue be added as they are digitized.