Oakland University Chronicles

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The Oakland University Chronicles is a set of oral histories dealing with the beginnings of Oakland University, mainly focusing on the years prior to the graduation of the first class. The purpose of the Chronicles is to provide insight into those early times, and record the perspectives and personalities of some of the pioneering individuals who built the foundations of the institution. Special emphasis is placed upon information not readily available from written records.

Starting in 1996 a number of oral history interviews of early faculty, staff and alumni were recorded as videotapes and transcripts.

Circulating copies of the transcripts and videotapes are available at Kresge Library (LD 4142 .O3421 C5). The digitized versions available here were provided by and have been posted with the permission of the authors, Paul and Alice Tomboulian.

An index of the interviews is available.

A special thank you to the Tomboulians for their dedication and effort in compiling and making available the information in these volumes.


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Oakland University. The videotapes and transcripts are available for scholarly studies, research on institution history or outreach purposes of Oakland University. Other uses are not permitted.