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Ren Harmen sitting across from an older gentleman at a glass table with microphones on stands.


Virginia Tech has a robust library of oral history collections. A few featured collections and sample media are listed below.

Visit the Oral History @ VT Research guide for a full listing of collections.

Featured Collection:

VT Stories

An old photograph of Burruss Hall.

The VT Stories Oral History Project collects and examines stories, memories, tall tales, tragedies, and triumphs of all members of the Hokie community to help us know our shared history and to make sense of it.

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Featured Collection:

Voces of a Pandemic

Illustration of a woman's face with a black cloth mask and green dots scattered across the image.

Part of an institutional partnership between Virginia Tech and the Voces Oral History Center at the University of Texas at Austin, this project documents challenges to food security and safe, secure employment among Spanish-speaking community members in the New River Valley

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Featured Collection:

Denim Day 40th Anniversary

A smiling group gathered together for a photograph. Many of the members are wearing articles of denim, and shirts with a graphic that say "Denim Day at Virginia Tech" over a rainbow.
Denim Day Do Over 2019 - 40th Anniversary. Photo contributed by Noshin Abedin.

This project documents firsthand accounts of the original Denim Day in 1979, when students, faculty, and staff were first asked to show support for gay rights by wearing denim, as well as reflections on Denim Day’s legacy from participants and those they inspired.

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