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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Marianne S. Breslin Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Marianne S. Breslin discusses her background; her father's occupation as a horse breeder in Germany; Germany's political climate affecting her...

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Oral History Interview, 2007

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans discusses Dr. Susan Dees; her friendship with Dr. Dees; Dr. Dees introducing Semans to her] second husband, Dr. Jim...

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Oral History Interview, 2006

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans speaks about her memories of what health care was like when she was a young woman; health care for her mother; the...

Philip H. Pearce Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Pearce speaks about the beginnings of his interest in medicine; Air Force leadership coercing him to choose obstetrics and gynecology; medical...

Brenda Nevidjon Oral History Interview, 2005

Nevidjon discusses her background; desire to become a nurse; career choices for women in the seventies; choosing to be a nurse instead of a doctor;...

Rebecca Clayton Oral History Interview, 2007

Rebecca Clayton discusses beginning work as the secretary for Dr. Grace Kerby, in 1960; being pregnant and delivering her first child; there being...

Dorothy J. Brundage Oral History Interview, 2005

Dr. Brundage discusses her career and tenure as dean of the Duke University School of Nursing.

James B. Wyngaarden Oral History Interview, 1982

Dr. Wyngaarden discusses his background; education; war experience; research; internship at Massachusetts General Hospital; work with Walter Bauer...

Edward C. Halperin Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Halperin discusses Duke Medicine's beginnings as a coeducational institution; Duke as influenced by the Abraham Flexner Report on medicine;...

Elizabeth Bullitt Oral History Interview, 2005

Dr. Elizabeth Bullitt discusses her background; her fascination with the brain and neurosurgery; residency at University of Colorado; internal...