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TU acquires Voices of Oklahoma history project

Friday, October 24, 2014

Interviews tell the stories of more than 150 influential Oklahomans

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa is the new home of the statewide oral history project Voices of Oklahoma. Dedicated to the preservation of Oklahoma history, Voices of Oklahoma has collected the stories of more than 150 individuals who shaped state culture, character and industry.

Oil and gas, ranching, politics, education and more are visited in these packaged interviews posted to Nearly 80 interviews have been published and many more await production. Tulsa radio veteran and Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame member John Erling is the project’s founder and executive director.

“Collaborating with TU will expand our celebration of history and the amazing people who have contributed so much to our community,” Erling said. “Thanks to TU and the new Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, we can continue growing our library and ensure that our contributors’ stories will preserve the unique history of our state and her people.”

Voices of Oklahoma enhances TU’s teaching, research and service mission while offering unique first-person accounts for students and faculty to examine the state’s history.

“By moving the project under the auspices of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, we can give it an institutional home and expand its availability among scholars at all levels,” said center Director Sean Latham. “We are excited about the prospect of playing a key role in the preservation of our state’s oral history.”

TU not only will house and archive the Voices of Oklahoma, but also will provide student internships and support to assure its continued expansion.

About the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities
The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities was founded in 2014 to foster a deeper understanding of the human condition. Housed in The University of Tulsa’s Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, the center serves as a meeting ground for professional scholars and as a forum for public engagement. The organization’s director, Sean Latham, is the university’s Pauline Walter Professor of English and Comparative Literature. For more information about the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, please visit

Sean Latham