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Reichelt Oral History Collection

The Reichelt Oral History Program began in 1969 under the auspices of Dr. Edward F. Keuchel, with the intent of teaching oral history techniques to students while documenting FSU’s history. In 1996, with the encouragement of university president Sandy D’Alemberte, the program was established permanently as an entity within the History Department. The focus expanded to include not only the unique aspects of the history of the University, but also the rich heritage of Florida State College for Women, and Tallahassee/Florida history. In 1998, at the request of Dr. William Oldson and the Institute for World War II and the Human Experience, the program expanded its mission to include oral histories with veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, and other military endeavors.  In 1999, the program was the beneficiary of a generous endowment to the university, earmarked specifically for oral history, that has permitted its collection and teaching mission to continue and expand. In 2014, the Reichelt Oral History Collection was transferred to the custody of the FSU Special Collections & Archives. The Reichelt Oral History Collection currently contains more than 2100 interviews, and provides oral history training and primary source materials for students, faculty, and the general public.

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