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The online home of our growing oral history interview collection.

Oral History

Our online award-winning oral history collection consists of more than 350 interviews. They are arranged alphabetically by last name under individual Alpha headings below: A, B, C, etc.  The interviews feature photographs of most interviewees, an interview description, downloadable interview transcripts, and audio files that can be streamed or downloaded. In 2007 we received the Texas Oral History Association's Mary Faye Barnes Award for Excellence in Community History Projects.

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Vansau, Rivie

Vansau, Rivie

February 20, 1986

Interview 91a : In this interview with Marie Davis and Vivian Warner, longtime teacher Rivie Vansau reminisces about growing up in Emporia, Diboll, Camp #2, Walkerton, and Bald Hill. After she graduated, Ms. Vansau taught school for 42 years all around East Texas, including Diboll, Lufkin, New London, Iola, Zavalla, and Channelview, to name a few places. She discusses life in a lumber camp and going to school in the early 20th Century.

Vaughn, Aden

Vaughn, Aden

June 19, 1985

Interview 63a : In this interview with Marie Davis, Aden "Lefty" Vaughn and his wife Flava reminisce about Diboll's past. They discuss family history, schooldays, the commissary, recreation, transportation, and baseball. They mention Mr. Rutland, Chester Willis, and Professor Jackson.

Vaughn, Flava

Vaughn, Flava

June 19, 1985

Interview 63a : In this interview with Marie Davis, Aden "Lefty" Vaughn and his wife Flava reminisce about Diboll's past. They discuss family history, schooldays, the commissary, recreation, transportation, and baseball. They mention Mr. Rutland, Chester Willis, and Professor Jackson.