Oral History Defined
"Oral history is primary-source material created in an interview setting with a witness to or a participant in an event or a way of life for the purpose of preserving the information and making it available to others. The term refers both to the process and the interview itself."
--From The Oral History Manual, 2nd ed., by Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, p. 1.
Use this guide as a starting point for research on the discipline and methodology of oral history. Use the tabs to discover further information about searching for books, articles, and more.
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Oral History Recording Equipment
Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the Library in fall 2013, the University Library now has two sets of professional-quality portable digital audio recording equipment available for use by students, faculty, staff, and other eligible borrowers.
Each set comes with a TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder, AC adapter, 32 GB memory card, cables, microphone, table-top mic stand, transport bag, and instruction manual. This equipment can be used to record oral histories, field recordings, guest speakers, music, podcasts, or in any other application where high-quality recording equipment is needed.
The sets can be found in the on-line catalog under the title “Portable Digital Audio Recorder” and are available for one-week check-out in the Library Media Center.
Once again, many thanks to the Friends of the Library for underwriting this purchase.
Oral History Handbooks, Manuals, Etc.
Oral History Book Series
Links will bring up titles in each series held by the University Library.
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."
Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection