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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives
The Coy C. Carpenter Library
Wake Forest University School of Medicine


Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157


Library (336) 716-4414
Archives: (336) 716-3690

Fax number

(336) 716-2186

Website URL

Contact Person

Dianne Johnson, Archivist
Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives
(336) 716-3690
David Stewart, Associate Director, Public Services
Coy C. Carpenter Library


Access and Services

No interlibrary loan. Reference provided. Photocopying for a small fee (10 cents per page after first 20 pages) and will fax or mail if not too long. Carpenter Library has a cassette recorder for researchers to listen to interview. No materials may be removed from the Library or Archives.


The collection consists of transcripts, audio cassettes and some photographs. Oral histories have been conducted as budget allows since 1974 when the Archives was founded. The interviewees/participants in the program have been faculty, staff, relatives of employees and community members with a connection to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.


There are approximately 154 oral histories that take up 18.75 linear feet of space. Currently doing four oral histories. Resources, i.e. most recent oral histories, added about once every three months.

Collection Description

Interviews were conducted by a professional oral historian, archivist and library employees. Most every oral history has a transcript in MS Word. Some oral histories are on reel-to-reel and compact discs but most on audio cassettes. Approximately 20 are indexed and many have a list of subjects discussed during the interview. See this: or separate attachment, WFUSM Oral Histories. See also

Material Type

Mostly audio. Also photographs of interviewees.


Several oral histories are restricted with no access. But there are no general access restrictions.


Transcripts are available for the interviews onsite, but not currently available on the web; although researching that possibility.