Scope and Content Notes:
This series collects materials related to Wray's work in the field of oral history and tradition. Even before Alex Haley paid for Wray to attend a 1973 class at Columbia University, his interest in the spoken word was firmly established. Book talks given throughout his academic and professional career were one manifestation of his love for orality. The Columbia class catalyzed his interests, and before leaving New York City, he founded an Oral History Department at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Later, at the University of Pittsburgh, Wray researched and implemented a comprehensive course known as Oral History and Tradition. He also served in a number of advisory and freelance roles in oral history. This series includes transcripts, correspondence around consulting work, course materials, speeches, annotated articles, and a file on recording equipment. Oral history recordings can be found on a variety of formats in Series XIII Sound Recordings.