Carnegie Mellon University

The legacy of Carnegie Mellon University lives in our alumni. Your stories are the story of the university.

The Tartan Alumni Oral History Project will gather the stories of alumni like you in your own words. We will then preserve them in a book that celebrates the impact of CMU on our alumni and the impact alumni like you have on the world around you.

Updating Your Information

As part of this project, you also will have an opportunity to update your contact information, including email address and phone numbers, to help keep you in touch with your alma mater.

Sharing Your Story

What kind of CMU story should you tell? It’s really up to you! We would love to hear about:

  • The impact of a special faculty or staff member
  • An experience that was just “So CMU”
  • Spring Carnival and Buggy fun
  • Connections made on campus that led to love or lifelong friendships
  • A moment that defined your career path
  • The athletic team, Greek house or student organizations that shaped you
  • The experience of international students finding a new home at CMU
  • A creative or research project that challenged orinspired you

PCI Partnership

CMU is pleased to be partnering with industry leader PCI (Publishing Concepts). Their trained staff are excited to listen to what you have to share about your CMU experience. PCI will also be helping us to collect and assemble stories into a high quality Tartan Alumni Oral History Project book. Please note that we have only shared your contact information with PCI in conjunction with this project. We have NOT sold your contact information or otherwise used it for outside marketing purposes. PCI will not use your information for any purpose beyond this Oral History Project. 

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s legit! We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an oral history publication for CMU. PCI is a family-owned business based in Dallas, Texas, that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation for almost 100 years. This project allows Carnegie Mellon to hear about your personal experiences and explain how CMU has helped shape your lives.

Yes, in a few different ways:

  • Updated Information: allows us to effectively communicate with and engage alumni
  • Legacy: preserves the history of our university
  • Revenue: generates donation revenue for CMU programs
  • Participation: shows support and love for our school

If you have questions about the Tartan Alumni Oral History Project, you can reach out to

PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Oral History Project will be 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. Upon completion of the project, PCI will redact PII (Personal Identifiable information) from any and all electronic files that we have supplied or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Oral History Project.

If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Oral History Project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, then ask you to share your story about your time at Carnegie Mellon. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to CMU at the conclusion of the project.

If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information and submit a story.

When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative if you prefer any of your oral history or information be excluded. You can also communicate your preferences to PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 800-982-1590 or

You can call back at any time to share your story.

You will receive an email with a link to upload up to two photos (black and white or color) plus captions.

If you have also purchased a book but do not have an email address on file, you will be sent a photo mailer to send physical photos in to be printed (Note: photos will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).

You will receive an email prior to publication with a link to review your transcribed story and make any edits.

The CMU Oral History Program is an initiative of the University Archives in the CMU Libraries and was launched in 2016. These long-form interviews of students, faculty and alumni capture first-hand the stories and experiences of community members who lived historic moments, and are preserved in the University Archives and available to all for research and study. Learn more about the CMU Oral History Program. And if you’ve participated in the CMU Oral History Program in the past, we hope you’ll also consider sharing a story with the Tartan Alumni Oral History Project!

The Tartan Alumni Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Carnegie Mellon University alumni.

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