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Conducting Oral Histories

This page provides information and resources for conducting oral histories.

This section is currently under construction; more information will be posted soon.

There are several excellent books and online resources available on conducting oral histories and managing oral history projects. The following is a selection of some of those resources:

Oral History Manuals

Willa K. Baum, Transcribing and Editing Oral History (American Association for State and Local History, 1991)

Donna M. DeBlasio, Charles F. Ganzert, David H. Mould, Stephen H. Paschen, Howard L. Sacks, Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History (Swallow Press, 2009)

Michael Frisch, A Shared Authority (State University of New York Press, 1990)

Sherna Berger Gluck and Daphne Patai, Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History (Routledge, 1991)

Nancy MacKay, Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive (Left Coast Press, 2006)

Nancy MacKay, Mary Kay Quinlan, and Barbara W. Sommer, Community Oral History Toolkit (Left Coast Press, 2013)

Laurie Mercier, Using Oral History in Community History Projects (Oral History Association, 2010)

John A. Neuenschwander, A Guide to Oral History and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson, The Oral History Reader (Routledge, 1998 and 2006)

Donald A. Ritchie, Doing Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2003)

Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinland, The Oral History Manual (Altamira Press, 2002)

Valerie Raleigh Yow, Recording Oral History (Altamira Press, 2005)

Issues of Interviewing and Analysis
Richard Cándida Smith, "Analytic Strategies for Oral History Interviews," Handbook for Interview Research (2002), 711-731

Charles Morrissey, "On Oral History Interviewing," The Oral History Reader (1998),106-113

Charles T. Morrissey, "The Two-Sentence Format as an Interviewing Technique in Oral History Fieldwork," Oral History Review (Spring 1987), 45-53

Hugo Slim and Paul Thompson, with Olivia Bennett and Nigel Cross, "Ways of Listening," The Oral History Reader (1998), 114-125

Valerie Yow, "'Do I Like Them Too Much?': Effects of the Oral History Interview on the Interviewer and Vice-Versa," Oral History Review (Summer 1997), 55-79

Kathryn Anderson and Dana C. Jack, "Learning to Listen: Interview Techniques and Analyses," Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History (1991), 11-25

Online Resources
Baylor Institute for Oral History

Oral History Association Wiki

Oral History Association Pamphlet Series

Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley