Practicing Oral History

Oral history offers tremendous opportunities for interpreting the past and the increasingly complex present through the words of those who have lived it. The recorded interview, along with careful planning, solid background research, and archiving, form the basis of oral history methodology. Practitioners in public history, cultural heritage, library science, education, documentary, community activism, and local history groups wish to incorporate oral histories into their own work, and they need a road map for doing so.

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 and ethical considerations of a particular context.

Ideas and proposals for new titles are welcome. Send queries to series editor Nancy MacKay, nancymackay@gmail.com

  • Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs book cover

    Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs

    By Marella Hoffman

    The use of contemporary oral history to improve public policies and programs is a growing, transdisciplinary practice. Indispensable for students and practitioners, Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs is the first book to define the practice, explain how policy-makers…

    Paperback – 2017-09-14
    Routledge
    Practicing Oral History

  • Practicing Critical Oral History: Connecting School and Community book cover

    Practicing Critical Oral History

    Connecting School and Community

    By Christine K. Lemley

    Practicing Critical Oral History: Connecting School and Community provides ways and words for educators to use critical oral history in their classroom and communities in order to put their students and the voices of people from marginalized communities at the center of their curriculum to enact…

    Paperback – 2017-09-08
    Routledge
    Practicing Oral History

  • 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