Guide to the discipline and methodology of oral history.
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2013
"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.
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Palgrave Studies in Oral History
"Palgrave Studies in Oral History brings together engaging work from scholars, activists, and other practitioners. Books in the series are aimed at a broad community of readers; they employ edited oral history interviews to explore a wide variety of topics and themes in all areas of history, placing first-person accounts in broad historical context and engaging issues of historical memory and narrative construction. Fresh approaches to the use and analysis of oral history, as well as to the organization of text, are a particular strength of the series, as are projects that use oral accounts to illuminate human rights issues."
Oxford Oral History Series
"The Oxford Oral History Series showcases the best of current work in oral history and aims to advance methodological and theoretical understandings of the field. It is international and interdisciplinary in scope and includes volumes for academic, professional, and trade (general) audiences."
Twayne's Oral History Series
"This series presents major events in American history through the rich personal testimonies of those who were there."