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Practicing Oral History


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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, [email protected]

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Oral History at a Distance

Oral History at a Distance

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Steven Sielaff, Stephen M. Sloan, Adrienne A. Cain Darough, Michelle Holland
June 19, 2024

Oral History at a Distance is the first publication to explore both the ideas behind and application of oral history in remote projects. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, working from a distance is now an ongoing and necessary approach in the oral historian’s toolkit. In this volume, the experienced ...

Student-Centered Oral History An Ethical Guide

Student-Centered Oral History: An Ethical Guide

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Summer Cherland
April 23, 2024

Student-Centered Oral History explores the overlaps of Culturally Relevant Teaching, Student-Centered Teaching, and oral history to demonstrate how this method empowers students, especially those from historically underrepresented communities.  With tangible tools like lesson plans and reflection ...

Family Oral History Across the World

Family Oral History Across the World

1st Edition

By Mary Louise Contini Gordon
November 30, 2023

Family Oral History Across the World presents a process for memorializing family histories, bringing together established oral history standards, exploratory research, and narrative data analysis. Based on and using a prequestionnaire and over 40 recorded interviews with people from across six ...

Practicing Oral History with Military and War Veterans

Practicing Oral History with Military and War Veterans

1st Edition

By Sharon Raynor
December 30, 2022

Practicing Oral History with Military and War Veterans focuses predominantly on conducting oral history with men and women of recent wars and military conflicts. The book provides a structured methodology for building interest and trust among veterans to conduct interviews, design oral history ...

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories

1st Edition

By Clare Summerskill
September 14, 2020

Offering a roadmap for practicing verbatim theatre (plays created from oral histories), this book outlines theatre processes through the lens of oral history and draws upon oral history scholarship to bring best practices from that discipline to theatre practitioners. This book opens with an ...

Practicing Oral History Among Refugees and Host Communities

Practicing Oral History Among Refugees and Host Communities

1st Edition

By Marella Hoffman
December 02, 2019

Practicing Oral History among Refugees and Host Communities provides a comprehensive and practical guide to applied oral history with refugees, teaching the reader how to use applied, contemporary oral history to help provide solutions to the ‘mega-problem’ that is the worldwide refugee crisis. ...

Transcribing Oral History

Transcribing Oral History

1st Edition

By Teresa Bergen
August 05, 2019

Transcribing Oral History offers a comprehensive guide to the transcription of qualitative interviews, an often richly debated practice within oral history. Beginning with an introduction to the field and an overview of the many disciplines that conduct and transcribe interviews, the book goes on ...

Practicing Oral History to Connect University to Community

Practicing Oral History to Connect University to Community

1st Edition

By Fawn-Amber Montoya, Beverly Allen
August 06, 2018

Practicing Oral History to Connect University to Community illustrates best practices for using oral histories to foster a closer relationship between institutions of higher learning and the communities in which they are located. Using case studies, the book describes how to plan and execute an ...

Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs

Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs

1st Edition

By Marella Hoffman
September 19, 2017

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 ...

Practicing Critical Oral History Connecting School and Community

Practicing Critical Oral History: Connecting School and Community

1st Edition

By Christine K. Lemley
September 08, 2017

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 ...

Story Bridges A Guide for Conducting Intergenerational Oral History Projects

Story Bridges: A Guide for Conducting Intergenerational Oral History Projects

1st Edition

By Angela Zusman
October 15, 2010

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 ...

Practicing Oral History with Immigrant Narrators

Practicing Oral History with Immigrant Narrators

1st Edition

By Carol McKirdy
August 31, 2015

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 ...

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