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05/16/94

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Oral history is topic of May 25 Historical Society presentation

STANFORD -- "Can We Talk? Preserving Stanford's Memories Through Oral History" is the title of a program about the Stanford Oral History Project set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in Oak West Lounge at Tresidder Union.

Stanford's Oral History Project was launched in 1978 by the University Archives and Frederic O. Glover, secretary emeritus to the university, who died last November. The collection now includes more than 60 interviews with faculty, staff and alumni covering various aspects of Stanford history, and additional interviews through satellite programs.

Speakers will include Maggie Kimball, university archivist; Judy Adams, oral history project coordinator; and Robin Rider, curator of special collections.

Kimball will discuss the origins and achievements of the project, as well as plans for use of the recently established Fred Glover Fund for Oral History. Adams will discuss how oral histories are conducted, from research and interviewing techniques to transcribing and follow-up. Rider will discuss her experiences as a researcher who uses oral histories.

The program, which is open to public, is sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society. A brief annual meeting will precede the event.

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