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Oral Histories

The Hopkins Oral History initiative aims to better understand and share the history of the Johns Hopkins University through recording, transcribing, and preserving oral histories with members of the Hopkins community and by making these oral histories available to the public. We also seek to increase visibility and accessibility of existing oral history collections relating to the history of Hopkins that have been collected by various departments. Watch this space for updates as we gather new oral histories and share them here.

Online Hopkins Oral Histories

Johns Hopkins University Oral History Collection: A collection of oral histories recorded between 1999 and the present with administration, faculty, staff, alumni, and other Johns Hopkins University affiliates. This collection continues to grow as Hopkins Retrospective interviews individuals each year. The collection is housed in the Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives. Recent interviewees include Myron "Mike" Weisfeldt, Johns Hopkins alumnus and professor, physician, and administrator of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Elmo Douglass (Engr '54), one of the first African-American undergraduates to attend Hopkins; and Mindy Farber (A&S '74), a member of the first undergraduate class of women to attend Hopkins.

Paul F. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Oral History Project:  This collection, created by SAIS Alumni Relations, documents and preserves the stories of SAIS alumni and explores the significance of their experience at SAIS in their lives and careers.

Alumni Story Swap: Around campus. Across generations. Among friends. These are the stories that recall the adventures of youth and the special challenges and rewards in pursuing a Johns Hopkins University education.

Sounds and Stories: The Musical Life of Maryland’s African-American Communties: A joint project between the Peabody Archives, the Musicology Department of the Peabody Conservatory and the History Department of the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, this collection documents the long and rich musical history of Baltimore’s African-American community.

Other Hopkins Oral Histories

Nursing History Project Oral History Interviews (Ada Davis Collection and Records of the Johns Hopkins Nurses Alumni Association, Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives)

Charles Center Collection (MS488, Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives)


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View an oral history with three generations of SAIS Alumni

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