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Oral History Series

The Oral History Series may be read online by accessing the PDF file links below. The files are restricted to “view only,” you will not be able to copy or print these files. Oral History Volumes 1 – 26 are available in print format and may be purchased from EERI’s Online Store.


The intent of the EERI oral history project is to publish a series of interviews with prominent figures in the field of earthquake engineering to preserve some of the rich history of those who have pioneered in shaping seismic design theory and practice. The Oral History Committee is charged with submitting the names of candidates for this honor to the Board of Directors.

Interviews for the oral histories were conducted as follows:  

  • Volume 28: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 27: by Lucy A. Arendt
  • Volume 26: by Robert D. Hanson and Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 25: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 24: by Robert Reitherman and Stanley Scott
  • Volume 23: by Robert D. Hanson and Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 22: by Laurie Johnson
  • Volume 21: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 20: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 19: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 18: by Grace S. Kang, structural engineer and partner, Forell/Elsesser Engineers; Christopher Arnold, AIA and president, Building Systems Development; and Robert Reitherman
  • Volumes 16 and 17: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volumes 13 through 15: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 12: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 11: by Stanley Scott and supplemented by Robert Reitherman, executive director of CUREE (Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering)
  • Volumes 9 and 10: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 8: by the late Frank Killinger, head of Hale’s Testing Laboratory, and Stanley Scott
  • Volume 7: by Joseph P. Nicoletti, structural engineer (retired), URS Corporation
  • Volumes 1 through 6: by the late Stanley Scott, research political scientist, Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley

To be the subject of an EERI oral history, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  1. have made an outstanding career-long contribution to earthquake engineering,
  2. have valuable first-person accounts to offer concerning the history of earthquake engineering, and
  3. have backgrounds, considering the series as a whole, that appropriately span the various disciplines that are included in the field of earthquake engineering.

To learn more about the Oral History Program, please review this PDF (1.4MB): About the EERI Oral History Program