Virtual Vanderbilt: Oral History Preserves Wartime Memories


Memories of historic battles, hide-outs from the Nazis, and campus war relief projects are preserved through the Vandy Goes to War oral history project, which can be heard on the Jean and Alexander Heard Library’s website. The length of interviews varies from about 15 minutes to an hour. Stories about soldiers who were captured and later escaped, as well as conversations with alumnae who remember campus life during the war, have been recorded.

Now that the World War II interviews have been posted, Special Collections and University Archives is putting out a call for Vanderbilt alumni who served in the Korean War or were on campus during the years 1950–53. Special Collections also encourages war veterans from the more recent conflicts in Vietnam, the first Gulf War, and Iraq and Afghanistan to record their memories. For information contact Molly Dohrmann, manuscripts assistant in Special Collections and University Archives, at or (615) 322-2807.

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