Golden Girl Oral History Interviews are preserved in the Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections and are available in a range of formats. Scholars and students have made use of the Golden Girl Oral History interviews in their research.
Lauren Harmon, class of 2020, mined the Golden Girls oral histories to build a unique narrative of campus from the perspective of former students and used digital humanities tools to create a digital walking tour for the university. The work was part of Harmon’s yearlong honors research project.
Visitors arriving on campus can open Harmon’s website on their smartphone and listen to excerpts from oral histories that relate to various symbolic markers and buildings on campus.
“In August 2019, I began my senior honors research project, which led to the creation of this tour. After hearing these alumnae voices, I felt passionate about telling their stories. I want alumnae to be able to reminisce about their past, while letting newer students understand the history that surrounds them.”
– Lauren Harmon, '20
Twenty interviews were edited and published as Golden Days by the University Press of Mississippi in 2008. These interviewees ranged from Mary Ellen Weathersby Pope (Class of 1926) to Barbara McMillin Webb (Class of 1957).
Golden Days: Reminiscences of Alumnae, Mississippi State College for Women
Introduction by Bridget Smith Pieschel
University Press of Mississippi