Oral Histories: UVA in the 20th Century

Housed in Special Collections, the Oral History collection (RG 26-) comprises over 250 individual interviews with persons affiliated in some capacity with The University of Virginia. Administrators, faculty, alumni, staff, faculty wives and children, and businessmen share their stories of life at the university and within the greater community of Charlottesville. These interviews span the entire twentieth century. Many of the interviews were conducted by Charles Moran, Jr., University Historian, as a bicentennial project in the 1970s. The people interviewed share recollections that go back to the early years of the twentieth century and continue to the present.

Researchers interested in using the Oral History collection are advised to consult the full records in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. In many cases, full transcripts are available there.