TWU Alumni Oral History Project

Pioneer Reflections Oral History Project

Pioneer Reflections was a 12-month effort that successfully collected more than 10,000 alumni stories. With the commemorative book and the digital archive, TWU alumni stories will live on for future generations of Pioneers to come.

In collaboration with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), TWU collected oral histories from alumni. PCI then curated two deluxe hardcover book volumes and a digital archive. With these mementos, your stories will forever be a part of Texas Woman’s University. 

If you would like to order a copy of the hardcover publication, call the PCI Customer Service line at 1-800-982-1590.

the cover of the Pioneer Reflections book, with art of the Minerva statue and Hubbard Hall.

Frequently asked questions

What was the process of creating Pioneer Reflections?

With more than 116,000 TWU alumni, what better way to recognize our impact as a university community than to share stories? TWU partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts, Inc.) to produce an oral history publication. PCI is a family-owned business based in Dallas, TX that has published directories for educational institutions, greek-life affiliated organizations, and military groups across the nation for almost 100 years. 

Front and back example of postcard you can expect to receive

In 2022, participants received a postcard with survey instructions from the university. Upon completion of the survey period in 2022, PCI created the Pioneer Reflections hardcover books and associated merchandise. The names, addresses and additional information provided to PCI for the publication are held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the oral history project and except as required by court order or law. PII (Personal Identifiable Information) from any and all electronic files that supplied to or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the oral history project were redacted upon completion of the project.

How did TWU benefit from the project?

In a few different ways:

  • TWU’s legacy, since its inception in 1901, has been preserved for future generations of Pioneers. 
  • The revenue generated by purchase of the books and merchandise supports alumni programs.
  • Sharing these books and wearing TWU apparel shows university pride.
  • Engaging with alumni for this effort and receiving updated information allowed TWU to better communicate with alumni.

How do I purchase a copy of the book?

The Texas Woman’s University Oral History Publication or Pioneer Reflections is available for sale only to Texas Woman’s University alumni. Contact PCI’s customer service line at 1-800-982-1590 to place your order.

I ordered a book/package during the process, but never received my order. What do I do?

Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.

Is the information collected in Pioneer Reflections available for those who can’t purchase the book?

The contents of the oral history project will be collected in a digital archive, available for purchase. 

Page last updated 3:12 PM, April 23, 2024