For several years there was an active Oral History Program in the East Texas Research Center and History Department. The purpose of the program was to preserve, through tape-recorded interviews and subsequent transcriptions, the memoirs of persons who have observed or participated in significant historical events or developments. The main focus was on East Texas life, culture, economy, and history. There are over 500 oral histories, majority of which were conducted by Dr. Bobby Johnson, relating to East Texas history, the East Texas Lumber Industry, Nacogdoches history, SFASU history, World War I and World War II. In addition to Dr. Johnson’s interviews members of the African American Heritage Project have also conducted numerous interviews with the African Americans about desegregation, the civil rights movement and growing up in East Texas.
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