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Tanya Finchum: Profile

Professional Information

Faculty Rank


Research Interests

Oral History, Oklahoma History, Narrative, Older Adults, Sense of Place, Library History


PhD, Family Relations & Child Development - Oklahoma State University

Certificate in Gerontology - Oklahoma State University

MSLS, Library Science - The University of Tennessee

MA, Rehabilitation Counseling - University of Cincinnati

B.S.W, Social Work - East Tennessee State University

How Can Tanya Help You?

  • Oral history methodology
  • Member of Graduate Faculty and can serve on thesis and dissertaton committees

Professional Service

Oral History Association

  • Finance Committee. Appointed 2017-2020.
  • Local Arrangements Committee. Co-chair 2012-2013.
  • Elizabeth Mason Large and Small Projects Award Committee. Chair 2011-2012.
  • Program Planning Committee. 2010-2011.
  • Article Award Committee. Chair 2009-2010.

American Library Association

  • Library History Round Table Justin WInsor Prize Essay Committee. 2017-2019, 2011-2012
  • Library History Round Table Donald Davis Article Award Committee. 2014-2016.
  • Library History Round Table Phyllis Dain History Dissertation Award Committee. 2013-2015.    

Selected Publications & Presentations


Quinn, Aimee, Tanya Finchum & Chuck Malone (2010). "Government Documents Collection and Management." In Marcia J. Bates and Mary Niles Macck, Eds. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. 3rd ed. New Work: CRC Press, v. 3, p. 1993-2004.


Heinz, Melinda, Nicholas Cone, Grace da Rosa, Alex Bishop, & Tanya Finchum (2017). "Examining Supportive Evidence for Psychosocial Theories of Aging within the Oral History Narratives of Centenarians." Societies, 7(2), 8.

Nykolaiszyn, Juliana & Tanya Finchum (2015). "Little Dixie's Circus Cemetery." Southern Cultures, 21(2):102-116.

Finchum, Tanya & Juliana Nykolaiszyn (2014). "Our Place: The One-Hundred-Year-Old Family Farm." Chronicles of Oklahoma, 92(3): 280-303.

Nykolaiszyn, Juliana & Tanya Finchum (2014). "D.R. Miller: A Man Who Brought the Circus to Town." Chronicles of Oklahoma, 91(4): 388-405.

Scholl, Jan & Tanya Finchum (2012). Annie Peters Hunter: One of the First Extension Home Demonstration Agents. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 17(1).

Finchum, Tanya & Allen Finchum (2011). "Not Gone with the Wind: Oklahoma Libraries in the 1930s." Libraries & the Cultural Record. 46(3): 277-294.

Finchum, Tanya (2005). "Keeping the Ball in the Air: Contact in Long-Distance Friendships." Journal of Women & Aging, 17(3): 91-106.

Finchum, Tanya & Allen Finchum (2001/02). "Celebrating the Library Spirit: A Look Back at the Carnegie Libraries of Oklahoma." Chronicles of Oklahoma. 79(4): 454-475.

Finchum, Tanya & Joseph Weber (2000). "Applying Continuity Theory to Older Adult Friendships." Journal of Aging and Identity, 5(3): 159-168.


"The Oklahoma Mesonet Oral History Project." Oral History Association annual conference. Selected presentation. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2017.

"Centenarians: the Grass Can be Green on Both Sides of the Hill." Columbia Center for Oral History Summer Institute, New York City, New York, 2017.

"Continuing to Add Personal Dimension to the Interpretation of the Past." Oral History Association annual conference. Selected presentation. Long Beach, California, 2016.

"Smith-Lever Act: 100 Years of Power and Democracy Through the Cooperative Extension Service." International Oral History Association Biennial Conference. Barcelona, Spain. 2014.

"Working Through the [E]motions and Turns in the Road." Oral History Association Annual Conference. 2014.

"Popcorn Sacks and Elephant Tracks: Oklahoma's Rich Circus Tradition." With Juliana Nykolaiszyn. Plenary Speakers, Oral History Association Annual Conference. 2013.


"Circus Culture and Community of Hugo, Oklahoma." With Juliana Nykolaisyzn, Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OOLI), Oklahoma State University Department of Education, Summer 2013. 

"Oral History and Art in Taos, New Mexico" (HIS 6100/HIS 3980). With Juliana Nykolaiszyn. Doel Reed Center for the Arts, Oklahoma State University. Summer 2012. 

"Community Oral History Projects." Workshop with Julie Pearson- Little Thunder. International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums. 2012.

Awards, Grants, and Other

Finchum, Tanya & Alex Bishop (2017). The Oral History Association's Elizabeth B. Mason (Large) Project Award for "OKlahoma 100 Year Life Oral History Project."

Finchum, Tanya & Juliana Nykolaiszyn (2013). The Oral History Association's Elizabeth B. Mason (Small) Project Award for "The 'Big Top' Show Goes on: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Circus Tent."

Finchum, Tanya & Juliana Nykolaiszyn (2011-2012). "The 'Big Top' Show Goes on: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Circus Tent." Archie Green Fellowship, Library of Congress, $36,000.

"Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming across Cultures and Generations." Columbia Center for Oral History Summer Institute, Columbia University, New York City, New York, June 5-16, 2017. Fellow, selected, $1000 tuition scholarship.

Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, Baylor University Institute for Oral History, Waco, Texas, April 16-27, 2007. Competitive selection.

Advanced Oral History Summer Institute. Regional Oral History Office, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California, August 2006. Competitive selection.