Oral History Websites & Books

Compiled by Marcia Blaine

 

Websites

http://www.dickinson.edu/oha  Oral History Association
http://www.h-net.org/~oralhist/ H-Oralhist website: A great discussion board for those practicing oral history
http://www.ohs.org.uk/ Oral History Society in Great Britain
http://www.historymatters.gmu.edu/mse/oral/ History Matters section on oral history Pay particular attention to http://historymatters.gmu.edu/mse/oral/interpret.html on interpreting oral history.
http://www.dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html Step-by-step guide to oral history by Judith Moyer. Pay particular attention to http://www.dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html#ACCURACY
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/oral.htm Oral History techniques from the US military
http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/ Regional Oral History Office
http://www.ioha.fgv.br/ioha/english/index.html International Oral History Association
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/ Oral History Research Office
http://www.ucc.uconn.edu/~cohadm01 University of Connecticut Center for Oral History
http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm/techniques.html Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory

 

Books

 

1.     Davis, Donald.  Telling Your Own Stories.  Little Rock, AR: August House Publishers, Inc., 1993.

A wise little book about how to evoke and tell personal and family stories, built around questions that prompt stories about people, places, and happenings.

    2. Polking, Kirk.  Writing Family Histories and Memoirs.  Cincinnati,

       OH: Betterway Books, 1995.

      A marvelous stimulus to all kinds of memoir and personal writing, covering topics from initial motivations and research to the writing and publishing process.  Includes excellent examples and inspiring questions, as well as practical how-to information on research, organization, keeping the project going, and writing style.

3.      Rosenbluth, Vera.  Keeping Family Stories Alive:  Discovering and Recording the Stories and Reflections of a Lifetime.  Hartley & Marks Publishers, 1997.

Excellent guidebook to asking questions, leading elders to recollection.

4.     Spence, Linda.  Legacy: A Step-by Step Guide to Writing Personal History.  Ohio University Press, 1997.

A book of thought-provoking questions and quotes about each phase in human life, divided by period, from earliest memories of childhood to life as seen from the vantage point of old age.