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The BSI Oral History Project began in 2006 under the leadership of Donald J. Terras, BSI, who was, at the time, a Professor of Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University.  He ran the program until 2010, when Andrew Solberg, BSI took the reins.  In 2013, they passed to Marsha Pollak, BSI, the current head of the program.  Since 2006, we have interviewed approximately 180 BSI about their families, professional lives, early Sherlockian memories, memorable BSI moments and personalities, and other aspects which give texture to the history of the BSI.

In 2012, when the Board determined that it would like to make these interviews available to be heard over the Internet, we began asking interviewees to sign a release allowing us to do so. All of the interviews are being submitted to Lilly for access at the library, but only the ones for which we have signed approvals will be accessible online.

All the persons interviewed are listed below, but only some of the recordings are currently available online.  We are adding more recordings over time, so check back to see what is available or use the sidebar sign-up options to get notified when new items are posted.

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Interviews recently added online (sorted by when recording was posted online)

Interviewees (alphabetically)

  • All interviews are listed
  • If a name is not a link, that recording is not yet available online
  • List last updated 2/10/24
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