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.

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Total Works (142)

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Frances K. Widmann Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Frances K. Widmann discusses her background; her parents as physicians; marrying a physician; her mother as a female physician; her own...

William G. Anlyan Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. William G. Anlyan speaks about Dr. Susan Dees; Dr. Jane Elchlepp; Dr. Elchlepp as a talented facilities planner in the Duke Department of...

H. Keith H. Brodie Oral History Interview, 2004

Dr. Brodie discusses psychiatry; Duke University Department of Psychiatry chair, his relocation to the South; Dr. Ewald W. Busse; family; Highland...

Jane S. Richardson Oral History Interview, 2007

Jane S. Richardson discusses her background; her interest in astronomy; her interest in philosophy; working in the same lab where her husband,...

Kathleen Clem Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Kathleen Clem discusses her desire to become an emergency physician; her background as a nurse; her family background; Loma Linda University;...

Sezer Aksel Oral History Interview, 2007

Sezer Aksel discusses her background in Turkey; her desire to become a physician even against her family's desires; coming to Duke Medical School;...

Gale Anne McCarty Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. McCarty speaks about how she came to know Dr. Grace Kerby; Dr. Kerby as her mentor and colleague; Dr. Kerby as a stalwart of Duke's Department...

James B. Wyngaarden Oral History Interview, 2007

Dr. Wyngaarden speaks about Dr. Kerby's role in the Department of Medicine as created by Dr. Stead (managing house staff schedules); her...

Robert M. Califf Oral History Interview, 2019

This oral history was conducted with Dr. Robert M. Califf on October 18, 2019 by Josephine McRobbie. The October 18, 2019 interview with Califf was...

Walter G. Wolfe Oral History Interview, 1994

This oral history interviews was conducted with Dr. Walter G. Wolfe on July 14, 1994 by Dr. James F. Gifford. During the interview, Wolfe discusses...