In Memoriam: Dr. Thomas L. Charlton (1936–2019)

Dr. Thomas L. Charlton passed away January 25, 2019. He is most famously known for being a pioneer of Texas oral history. He was the founder and director of the Baylor University Institute for Oral History. Dr. Charlton personally interviewed 150 persons for the collection. During his twenty-three-year tenure as the director (1970–1993), the program earned national merit in oral history interviewing and memoir processing. In 1982, Dr. Charlton co-founded the Texas Oral History Association. “As interim president and later president, he guided TOHA through the formative years to become one of the largest regional oral history associations in the country.” Along with those accomplishments, the Texas Historical Commission honored Charlton in 1986, with the Texas Award for Historic Preservation for Outstanding Contributions to Oral History, largely in part for his series of oral history workshops that were put on in some of Texas’s major cities as part of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Texas Historical Commission published his book, Oral History for Texans, which remains a classic handbook for historians in the southwest. 

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Posted: July 3, 2019
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