The Military Oral History Project was orginally an initiative of VMI's John A. Adams '71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis. The Center's first Director, Dr. Kip Muir (served 2002-2011) initiated the oral history program, in which VMI cadets interviewed veterans as part of their Military History classes coursework. The Center continues to see a significant advantage in involving VMI cadets as interviewers, in archival research, in conference presentations, and in publication. Cadets use oral history techniques as part of their classroom work, for capstone and independent research projects, in prize competitions, and for summer internships.
Subsequent cadet-conducted interviews were overseen by the Adams Center second Director, Bradley L. Coleman.
In addition, a 2015 collaborate effort between Dr. Coleman and journalist Lisa Tracy resulted in a number of interviews conducted by Ms. Tracy with VMI World War II alumni. Ms. Tracy is the granddaughter of the VMI Superintendent from that era, Gen. Charles E. Kilbourne.