Oral histories capture a slice of life. WKU Archives holds many audiotapes and transcripts of interviews with six presidents from Kelly Thompson 1955-1969 to Thomas Meredith 1988-1997. These tapes tell the story of how WKU has grown and evolved over time. There are also interviews with athletes and coaches such as William “Big Six” Henderson, Dee Gibson, Clem Haskins, the Cook twins, Clemette Haskins and E.A. Diddle. Interviews with alumni reveal changes in student life over time.
The WKU History Department Oral History Committee files have been processed and are now available to researchers in WKU Archives. Interviews were conducted between 1976 and 1997 and capture a variety of views of WKU’s history. The collection inventory is available online at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/293
Also available to researchers are the WKU Centennial Oral Project tapes. The collection inventory is available online at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/190/