Subjects:1937 Flood, Africa, North, African Americans, Agriculture, Arts, Associations, institutions, etc., Aurora (Ky.), Barkley, Lake (Ky. and Tenn.), Benton (Ky.), Birmingham (Ky.), Briensburg (Ky.), Burma, Business, Calloway County (Ky.), Calvert City (Ky.), Central City (Ky.), Chicago (Ill.), Coal, Colorado, Death, Depressions, Elections, Europe, France, Fulton County (Ky.), Genealogy, Germany, Gilbertsville (Ky.), Graves County (Ky.), Hardin (Ky.), Health, Holidays and festivals, Horses, Industries, Italy, Kentucky Lake (Ky. and Tenn.), Kuttawa (Ky.), Land, Marshall County (Ky.), Military, Normandy (France), Olive (Ky.), Paducah (Ky.), Palma (Ky.), Performing arts, Political science, Religion, Saint-Lo (France), Scale (Ky.), Schools, Science & technology, Sports, Tennessee River, Tobacco, Transportation, Trigg County (Ky.), United States -- History --Civil War, 1861-1865, Universities & colleges, Wadesboro (Ky.), Waterways, Women, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1939-1945, Wyoming
This collection began with the Kentucky Oral History Commission's effort to establish oral history programs in each of the state's 120 counties. County libraries worked with local volunteers to collect interviews. Since 1987, county oral histories have been generated primarily by recipients of technical assistance grants from the commission that provide training and equipment to volunteer interviewers. Interviews donated by independent researchers are also included. A significant portion of this collection consists of interviews conducted between 1985-1987 by Ray Mofield, a professor in Murray State University's Department of Journalism and Radio-TV. These interviews were conducted with interviewees from Marshall County, and they discuss the history of the area as well as personal and family histories. The project was funded by WCBL radio (Benton, Kentucky) and were broadcast by that station. According to "The Guide to Kentucky Oral History Collections" compiled and edited by Cary C. Watkins, Mofield's interviews are also held at Murray State University's Oral History Institute within Forrest C. Pogue Special Collections Library. Murray State University is assumed to hold copyright for these interviews.