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The Nunn Center recorded its first interview in 1973. Since then, it has engaged individuals and communities and collected thousands of stories that touch on an immense range of topics.

Browse or search our online catalog and repository, SPOKEdb.

Strengths of the collection include:

  • Appalachia
  • Kentucky--agriculture; bourbon, coal, and horse industries; 20th century Kentucky history; the University of Kentucky
  • Diversity & gender--African American history; the Civil Rights Movement
  • Education, healthcare, politics, and public policy
  • Veterans

Learn how our oral histories forge connections around the world in this documentary about the Marshall Webb interview.


The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History partners with faculty, students, individual researchers, community groups, and others to plan and promote innovative oral history projects. Our librarians and archivists are available to help:

  • Brainstorm research project ideas
  • Develop in-person and virtual classroom activities featuring new and legacy oral history collections
  • Advise on equipment options
  • Train students and researchers in interviewing techniques, indexing, and transcription best practices.

The Nunn Center is a community for experienced and new oral historians to connect, learn, and create. To discuss research and training opportunities, please contact Director Dr. Doug Boyd at