In this episode, explore the importance and value of oral history with guest Dr. Stephen Sloan, director of Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History. Library employees Judy Huenneke and Steve Graham engage with Sloan on the art and practice of oral history, including its unique public and historical purpose. Huenneke and Graham are in the process of building a catalog of oral histories that document the living history of the Christian Science movement and the legacy of Mary Baker Eddy
Stephen M. Sloan is the director of the Institute for Oral History and an associate professor of history at Baylor University. Dr. Sloan organizes research projects, leads community oral history initiatives, directs grants and contracts, and conducts field interviews. One of his recent projects, based on oral histories with survivors of genocide that now live in the state of Texas, won a 2018 Elizabeth B. Mason Award from the Oral History Association. Dr. Sloan’s publications include the co-edited Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis (winner of the Oral History Association’s 2015 Book Award) and Tattooed on My Soul: Texans Remember World War II. He is active in the national and international oral history community, a past president of the Oral History Association and a presenter of his work abroad at academic conferences in Liverpool, Prague, Guadalajara, Naples, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Jyväskylä, Finland.