The UCO Oral History project was conceived in the late 1980s by then university archivist Mary Bond. During her tenure as archivist, Mrs. Bond collected over 60 interviews with UCO alumni, students, administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as prominent Edmond citizens.
In 2001 the project was expanded by the History and Geography Department under the leadership of Dr. Patricia Loughlin. The oral interviews that were collected under Dr. Loughlin's direction were part of a larger UCO history project that included the publication of a book updating the history of the University. It was published during Oklahoma's Centennial year with the title Building Traditions, Education Generations: A History of the University of Central Oklahoma.
The oral interviews collected as part of this project were an effort to support the book. Taken individually, these interviews reflect the careers and interest of the interviewees; viewed collectively, they constitute a narrative of the development of the University over time. As such, they form an invaluable part of the historical record of the University. Today we continue to collect these valuable histories. If you would like to participate, please follow the directions below.
You do not need to answer every question. Complete the form to the extent you feel comfortable. Soon after we receive your Pre-Interview Survey, a member of our staff will contact you to set up a convenient interview date.
Option 1: Complete Pre-Interview Survey Online
You will select your relationship to UCO (Community Member, UCO Alumni, or UCO Faculty/Staff) and complete questions accordingly.
The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes the university's main campus is located on the traditional lands of the Caddo and Wichita people.
Visit the UCO Land Acknowledgement website to learn more.