Oral Histories


Oral Histories


The oral histories in this collection were produced by The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel. Founded in 2008, The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel seeks to deepen understanding of the Lowcountry’s rich history and culture through the gathering and presentation of recorded memories from area residents.

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The Citadel in War and in Peace

With generous support from the Humanities Council of South Carolina, The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel collected thirty interviews with Citadel alumni regarding their experiences during WWII. Journalist and historian Jack Bass conducted the interviews during the Fall of 2008.They serve as a powerful testament to the veterans' experiences and their critical contributions to the war effort.

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  • "The Citadel in War and in Peace"
  • "The Citadel in War and in Peace -- World War II"
  • "The Citadel in War and in Peace -- Korean War"
  • "The Citadel in War and in Peace -- Vietnam War"
  • "The Citadel in War and in Peace -- The Second Gulf War"
  • "The Citadel in War and in Peace -- The War in Afghanistan"

Working Charleston

Working Charleston documents the on and off job experiences of the longshoremen and lawyers, the bartenders and carriage drivers, hospital aides and high tech workers who make Charleston among the nation's prime tourist destinations and vital centers of global trade.

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  • "Working Charleston"
  • "Charleston City Workers"
  • "Lowcountry Foodways"

Charleston and the Long Civil Rights Movement

These interviews explore how community activism continues to shape modern life in the South.

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  • "Charleston and the Long Civil Rights Movement
  • "Civil rights movement--South Carolina"
  • "African Americans--Civil Rights--South Carolina--Charleston"

Las Voces del Lowcountry

This project is designed to raise the profile of the Hispanic/Latinos who call the Lowcountry home and to promote a rational and humane conversation regarding immigration, education, and employment policies.

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  • "Las Voces del Lowcountry"
  • "Latin Americans--Southern States"
  • "Hispanic Americans--Southern States"

Women in World War II

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  • "Women in World War II"
  • "Women--Employment History"
  • "World War, 1939-1945--Participation, female"


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Collection Items

Oral History of William Saunders, interviewed by Levi Van Sant, 1 April, 2013
Civil rights leader and community activist William Saunders was born in 1935 and has resided most of his life in Johns Island, South Carolina. In this interview, Saunders reflects on the economic and cultural changes he has witnessed over the years.…

Oral History of Lidia Gabriela Ojeda-Ruiz, interviewed by Sophie Kreutz, 10 April, 2018
Lidia Gabriela Ojeda Ruiz (b. 1997) was born in the town of Jerécuaro in Guanajuato, Mexico. She came to the United States in 2006, with her two older brothers to live with her mother and older sister who were already settled in Johns Island, South…

Oral History of Lillian Green, interviewed by Raynald Turner, 21 November, 2016
Nurse Lillian Green was born in 1934 in Charleston, South Carolina. She remembers growing up on Short Street where she felt loved and protected by her community. However, her reality was different on her daily walk to Buist School. There, she…

Oral History of Anne Marie Gilliard, interviewed by Clarissa Wright, 2 October, 2011
Anne Marie Gilliard (b. 1928) was born in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Her father was a farmer and her mother a seamstress and washerwoman. Gilliard attended school until the fourth grade and soon after started working with her mother mending and…

Oral History of Mary Ann Sullivan, interviewed by Kieran Walsh Taylor, 16 February, 2016
Mary Ann Sullivan (b. 1944) was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She attended the College of Charleston and then the University of Georgia where she graduated with an M.A. in Classics. Sullivan worked as a teacher for a few years and in…

Oral History of Delia Chariker, interviewed by Laura R. Brown, Dennis R. Joyner and Cody C. Mahen, 18 April, 2017
Delia Chariker was born in Kingsville, Texas and she moved to Clover, South Carolina when she was two. Her earliest musical memories relate to her mother’s big playful and musical family. She learned to play guitar when she was in high school. She…

Oral History of Jason McFarland, interviewed by Riley K. Franks, Anthony J. Kniffin, Hunter J. Patrick and Jackson G. Taylor, 20 April, 2017
Sound engineer, drummer, and songwriter Jason Mcfarland was born in New York City in 1973. He has lived in the Lowcountry since the 1980s. His earliest music memories are related to Joyce Kilmer Park in the South Bronx, where every Saturday, bands…

Oral History of Eddie White, interviewed by Brody R. McGrath and Holly L. Rickett, 20 April, 2017
Music entrepreneur and philanthropist Eddie White was born in 1960 in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Wando High School and later Furman University where he obtained a degree in dentistry, a profession he has practiced for more than thirty…

Oral History of Clelia Reardon, interviewed by Jeremy K. Gibbons, Jonathan J. Taylor and William S. Vaughn, 18 April, 2017
Guitarist and entrepreneur Clelia Hand Reardon was born in Huntsville, Alabama. She recalls her beginnings: taking piano lessons when she was in first grade and knowing when she was only thirteen that she wanted to be a classical guitarist. Reardon…

Oral History of Abe White, interviewed by William Debruhl, Brody R. McGrath and Timothy Mullane, 13 April, 2017
Saxophonist Abe White was born in downtown Charleston in 1935. He attended Burke High and there he realized he could be a musician. Soon, with almost no training, he started playing at the local bars on Reynolds Avenue in North Charleston and in…
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