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UH Oral History Transcripts and Recordings

Identifier: 1981-002

The collection contains the transcripts and cassettes of the Phi Kappa Phi oral history interviews. A small amount of written material and three computer diskettes are also included with the collection. All materials date from 1978 to 1985. The cassettes have been boxed separately for preservation reasons.


  • 1978-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


0.75 linear feet

Historical Information

During 1978 and 1979 Phi Kappa Phi undertook an oral history project to create a "Living History Library." Manuscript librarian David Robrock performed the interviews with former university administrators in an attempt to preserve a portion of the institution's history. Robrock recorded conversations with Leta Hayden Gilbert (former administrative assistant to five UH Presidents), Charles F. Hiller, Walter W. Kemmerer (former President), C. F. McElhinney (former Business Manager and Vice-President), and Ruth S. Wikoff (UH's first university librarian).

Processing Information

Original inventory by Tyler Selle, June 1997.

Additional processing by Sarah E. Frazer, June 2003.


Guide to the UH Oral History Transcripts and Recordings
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA