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 over 11,000 oral history interviews in our collection provide a unique look into Kentucky and American history and represent an irreplaceable 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 education, politics and public policy, the Civil Rights Movement, veterans, the University of Kentucky, healthcare, as well as industries such as coal, equine and Kentucky's bourbon industry.
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 (SPOKEdb) and innovative access system (OHMS), those stories are easier to access than they have ever been.