Oral History Collection

The oral history program of the Duke University Medical Center Archives exists to capture the medical center's history in the words of the people who have witnessed or participated in that history. The interviews consist of relevant memories from persons in many different work environments within the medical center as well as selected interviews with those outside the medical center who have stories significant to its past or its present. The interviews are conducted with the considerations set forth in the guidelines of the Oral History Association. Interviews are recorded and then transcribed as closely as possible to the words of the speakers, and each interviewee is given a chance to review the transcript. Both the recordings and the transcripts are housed in the Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Although its oral history program was not officially established until 2003, the Duke University Medical Center Archives has a number of rich oral histories dating from the 1960s to the present, some of which are available for research. If you are interested in an interview that is in process, please contact the oral history program coordinator. The archives oral history program is attempting to open as many of these past interviews as possible, and unrestricted interviews conducted from 2003 will become available for research after they have been carefully processed for accuracy and quality.

Subcollections (3)

Total Works (142)

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Lois Pounds Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Lois Pounds discusses her interest in nursing; the career possibilities for those interested in nursing in 1955; her graduate coursework in...

Samuel L. Katz Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Samuel Katz discusses his preference of the term chair versus chairman of the Department of Pediatrics in order to be inclusive of female...

Hilda P. Willett Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Hilda P. Willett discusses her background; her siblings; her parents' emphasis on education; the lack of funding for higher education;...

Robert M. Califf Oral History Interview, 2007

This oral history was conducted with Dr. Robert M. Califf on June 11, 2007 by Jessica Roseberry. In the June 11, 2007 interview, Califf, then the...

W. Allen Addison Oral History Interviews, 2017

This oral history interview was conducted with W. Allen Addison on September 18 and September 19, 2017 by Joseph O'Connell. Winifred Allen Addison...

William L. London Oral History Interview, 2006

This oral history interview was conducted with William London on September 13, 2006 by Jessica Roseberry. In this interview, London discusses the...

Alejandro Barbagelata Oral History Interview, 2007

This oral history interview was conducted with Dr. Alejandro Barbagelata on March 26, 2007 by Jessica Roseberry. Barbagelata discusses the Duke...

Tea with Trailblazers, 2011

"Tea with Trailblazers" was held on March 14, 2011 at the Duke University Medical Center Library. It featured Dean Nancy Andrews as the primary...

Hilliard Seigler Oral History Interview, 1994

This oral history interview was conducted with Dr. Hilliard Seigler on July 18, 1994 by Dr. James Gifford. Dr. Seigler discusses the Melanoma...

Catherine M. Wilfert Oral History Interview, 2006

Dr. Catherine Wilfert discusses family support; her decision to become a physician; her medical degree from Harvard; the atmosphere for women at...