The WSURA Oral History Project is the culmination of efforts of the Wright State University Retirees Association to document the history of WSU through the stories and recollections of the university's founding faculty, staff and administrators. Preliminary discussions by WSURA board members in the late 1990s led them to contact Special Collections & Archives for support and guidance on how to get started on such a project. It was agreed that this would be a collaborative project between WSURA and Special Collections & Archives. The first interview was completed April 4, 2001, when Ken Davenport interviewed Donald Mohr, WSU's first athletics director. For many years, long-time collaborator and WSURA "historian" Lewis Shupe was the driving force behind this project, and the project is dedicated on his behalf.
The oral histories in this collection capture the events of the founding of Wright State University's School of Medicine. The project began in September 1983, in an effort to preserve the history of the School of Medicine through its founders' personal experiences and opinions. The interviews were conducted and written by James St. Peter, graduate assistant from the History Department at Wright State University, over a two year period of time. These interviews are available in CORE Scholar, the campus institutional repository.
For more information about the early history of Wright State University, please see Founding and Fulfillment: The History of Wright State University.