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The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection and preservation of oral histories.  The more than 9,000 histories in our collection provide a unique look into Kentucky and American history and represent an irreplacible resource for researchers today and generations from now.

Our collections focus on 20th century Kentucky history, Appalachia, Kentucky writers, agriculture, black history, the history of the University of Kentucky, broadcasting, sports, Kentucky medical history, and the experience of Kentucky war veterans. 

We aspire to enlighten students, faculty, researchers, and members of the community about our shared history through the stories of those who have lived it.  And through our online catalog and innovative transcription techniques, those stories are easier to access than they have ever been.

We invite you to use our online catalog here: LINK TO COLLECTIONS


For questions, please contact the Director of the Nunn Center Doug Boyd.  You can find the latest Nunn Center-related news and announcements of new collections by following us on Twitter , Facebook,or the  Nunn Center's blog, "Saving Stories,".  We also invite you to subscribe to our Podcast and visit the Nunn Center YouTube Channel.




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Private giving has played a critical role in building our collection of Oral Histories at the Nunn Center.  In order to continue our important work, we require the generous support of people who care about oral history and its ability to shine a light on stories which would otherwise be forgotten. 


Please consider making a gift to the Nunn Center Endowment online via a secure credit card transaction here:  Or contact UK Libraries Director of Development Daniel King or (859) 218-0707 to make a gift in another way.