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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


UAB Archives, the University of Alabama at Birmingham


UAB Archives
University of Alabama at Birmingham
219 Lister Hill Library
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0013


(205) 934-1896

Fax number

(205) 975-5985

Website URL

Contact Person

Tim L. Pennycuff, Assistant Professor and University Archivist
(205) 934-1896


Access and Services

Reference, photocopying


The oral histories document the history of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the UAB Academic Health Center from the viewpoint of the faculty, staff, students and administrators who were part of the growth and development of the university and/or medical center. Other interviews record the stories of community and/or state leaders who were part of the development of the same.


Oral histories are contained in several collections at the UAB Archives, so there is no one comprehensive OH collection. Currently, almost 400 discrete oral histories are found within the various collections.

Collection Description

Hundreds of University faculty, staff, students or administrators, as well as community and state leaders involved with the growth and development of the UAB Medical Center and/or the University and its schools and programs. Resources are not being added at the present time.

Material Type

Chiefly audiotapes, but some videotapes are included.


Some interviews have donor-placed restrictions. Otherwise, processed interviews are open for public research


Yes, transcripts are included. They are not available on the web.