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Introduction to Oral History: Bibliography

This LibGuide will provide information and resources for the practice of oral history.

Secondary Works (Online and in ZSR Library)

Baum, Willa K. Transcribing and Editing Oral History. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1987.

Benson, Susan Porter, Editor. Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Public. 1986.

Charlton, Thomas E., Lois E. Myers and Rebecca Sharpless, Editors. Handbook of Oral History. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2006.

DeBlasio, Donna M., et al. Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History. Athens, OH: Swallow Press, 2009.

Dunaway, David K. and Willa K. Baum, Editors. Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History in cooperation with the Oral History Association,1984.

Gluck, Sherna Berger and Daphne Patai. Women's Words: the Feminist Practice of Oral History. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Hoopes, James. Oral History: An Introduction for Students. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.

Mercier, Laurie and Madeline Buckendorf. Using Oral History in Community History Projects: Oral History Association, 1992.

Neuenschwander, John. A Guide to Oral History and the Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Ritchie, Donald. Doing Oral History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Donald A. Ritchie’s The Oxford Handbook of Oral History.

Terkel, Studs. Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. New York: Pantheon Books, 1972.

Wood, Linda P. Oral History Projects in Your Classroom. Carlisle, PA: Oral History Association, 2001.

Yow, Valerie Raleigh. Recording Oral History: a Practical Guide for Social Scientists. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications, 1994.


Bennett, James. "Human Values in Oral History." The Oral History Review 11 (1985): 1-15.

Michele Christian. "Documenting Student Life: The Use of Oral Histories in University Archives" Special Collections Publications and Papers (2002).
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Olson, Karen and Linda Shopes. "Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges: Doing Oral History Among Working-Class Women and Men." Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History, edited by Sherna Berger Gluck and Daphne Pakai, 1991.

Samuel, Raphael. "Perils of the Transcript." The Oral History Reader, edited by Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson. New York: Routledge Press (1998): 389-392.

Shopes, Lina. "Beyond Trivia and Nostalgia: Collaborating in the Construction of a Local History." International Journal of Oral History 5:3 (November 1984): 151-158.

Steinberg, Stephen. "The World Inside the Classroom: Using Oral History to Explore Racial and Ethnic Diversity." The Social Studies, March/April (1993): 71-73.

Swain, Ellen. “Oral History and the Archives:  Its Documentary Role in the 21st Century.” American Archivist, v. 66, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2003).

Swain, Ellen. "Remembering Alma Mater: Oral History and Documentation of Student Culture." Archival Issues, V. 26, no. 2 (2002).

Vagts, Rachel. “Clashing Disciplines: Oral History and the Institutional Review Board.” Archival Issues 26:2 (2002): 145-152.

Yow, Valerie. "Do I Like Them Too Much? Effects of the Oral History Interview on the Interviewer and Vice-Versa." Oral History Review, 24:2 (1997): 55-78.