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The Oral History Collection includes two sets of oral histories: the Politics in Missouri Oral History Project and the Marshall Dial Oral History Collection.

The Politics in Missouri Oral History Project consists of one hundred sixty full-text transcripts and fifty-five full-audio recordings of oral histories given by Missouri political leaders and activists form this important collection. The interviews were taken beginning in 1996 and include sessions with Warren E. Hearnes, Claire McCaskill, and Emory Melton, among many others. Mid- to late-twentieth century Missouri political history remains under-studied and the Society is working to increase understanding and promote awareness of this important field. Researchers, academics, current political activists, government officials, and the general public are encouraged to use these records to more fully define local and state political history as well as the significant role Missouri has played in issues and movements at the national level.

The Marshall Dial Oral History Collection includes transcripts of interviews with residents of the Missouri Bootheel for Marshall Dial's radio program, "Stories they Tell." Most interviews were conducted in the 1980s.

 

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