Practicing Oral History

Museums, historical societies, libraries, classrooms, cultural institutions, alumni associations, and neighborhood groups are among the growing list of organizations that use oral history to document their own communities. Despite this, there are few handy resources for these professionals to plan and implement an oral history project within their own professional frameworks.

The 'Practicing Oral History' series fills this gap. Titles consist of concise, instructive books that address the special circumstances of oral history within a specific user community. Each title provides practical tools for conducting and presenting an oral history project that interprets the best practices of the Oral History Association to the particular needs of a community.

  • Curating Oral Histories, Second Edition: From Interview to Archive book cover

    Curating Oral Histories, Second Edition

    From Interview to Archive

    By Nancy MacKay

    For the past ten years, Nancy MacKay’s Curating Oral Histories (2006) has been the one-stop shop for librarians, curators, program administrators, and project managers who are involved in turning an oral history interview into a primary research document, available for use in a repository. In this…

    Paperback – 2015-10-15
    Routledge
    Practicing Oral History

  • Practicing Oral History in Historical Organizations book cover

    Practicing Oral History in Historical Organizations

    By Barbara W Sommer

    It has been half a century since the last book that addressed how historical societies can utilize oral history. In this brief, practical guide, internationally known oral historian Barbara W. Sommer applies the best practices of contemporary oral historians to the projects that historical…

    Paperback – 2015-09-30
    Routledge
    Practicing Oral History

  • Practicing Oral History with Immigrant Narrators book cover

    Practicing Oral History with Immigrant Narrators

    By Carol McKirdy

    In addition to the problem of language, conducting oral histories with immigrant narrators often requires special considerations: past violence, cultural sensitivity, and lack of trust. Yet, these narrators are often witnesses to, or participants in, important historical events, or can describe…

    Paperback – 2015-08-31
    Routledge
    Practicing Oral History

  • Story Bridges: A Guide for Conducting Intergenerational Oral History Projects book cover

    Story Bridges

    A Guide for Conducting Intergenerational Oral History Projects

    By Angela Zusman

    Angela Zusman offers an informative guidebook with step-by-step directions for planning and implementing intergenerational oral history projects, using youth to interview elders. An expert on these programs, Zusman uses her experiences and those of other oral historians to show how community…

    Paperback – 2010-10-15
    Routledge
    Practicing Oral History