Oral History Resources

 Updated July 30, 2018 by Pati Threatt

All locations refer to the general stacks of Frazar Memorial Library, except where indicated. 
Materials in the Archives and Special Collections Department do not circulate.

Books and JournalsWebsites

Books and Journals

Dunaway, David King and Willa K. Baum, eds. Oral history: an interdisciplinary anthology. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History in cooperation with the Oral History Association, c1984.   
Call Number:  D16.14 .O73 1984 

Fletcher, William. Recording your family history: a guide to preserving oral history using audio and video tape. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1986.
Call Number: CT22 .F56 1986 

Henige, David P. Oral historiography. London; New York: Longman, 1982.
Call Number:  D16.14 .H46 1982 

Ives, Edward D. The tape-recorded interview: a manual for fieldworkers in folklore and oral history. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, c1995.
Call Number:  GR45.5 .I93 1995  

McMahan, Eva M. and Kim Lacy Rogers, eds. Interactive Oral History Interviewing. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1994.
Call Number: D16.14 .I55 1994 

Neuenschwander, John A. Oral history and the law. Denton, Tex.: Oral History Association, 1985.  
Call Number:  KF390.O7 N48 1985 [Special Collections] 

Oral History Review.  This is an electronic journal.  For access, search for the title in the MSU Library catalog. 

Sommer, Barbara W. The oral history manual. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, c2002. 
Call Number:  D16.14 .S69 2002  

Thompson, Paul. The Voice of the Past: Oral History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Call Number: D16.14 .T48

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dept. of Oral History. Oral history interview guidelines, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, [1998]. 
Call Number:  Y 3.H 74:8 H 62 [Gov docs]

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Living the Story (The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky) Oral History Tips [https://www.ket.org/education/resources/living-story-civil-rights-movement-kentucky/#tips-for-conducting-an-oral-history ]
The staff of the Kentucky Civil Rights Project, Kentucky Oral History Commission, Kentucky Historical Society compiled these tips on using oral history to learn about civil rights. The tips include an excellent list of sample questions dealing with Civil Rights Movement issues. 

The Oral History Association [http://www.oralhistory.org/]
This is the main professional organization for oral historians. The website features conference information, directories, newsletters, and an instructional pamphlet series. 

Oral History Techniques:  How to Organize and Conduct Oral History Interviews [http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm/techniques.html]
Dr. Barbara Truesdell of Indiana University created this guide. The guide contains tips, sample forms, and other resources.  

Regional Oral History Office [http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/index.html]
The Regional Oral History Office is a research program of the University of California, Berkeley, working within The Bancroft Library. The website includes a list of interview tips and extensive links and bibliographies. 

Veterans History Project [http://www.loc.gov/vets/]
The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress began the Veterans History Project to honor the nation's war veterans for their service and to collect their stories and experiences. The project began as a result of Public Law 106-380, which calls upon the Library to collect and preserve audio- and video-taped oral histories, along with documentary materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America's war veterans and those who served in support of them. The national Veterans History Project covers every major war that Americans fought in since World War I. It includes all participants in those wars--men and women, civilian and military. It documents the contributions of civilian volunteers, support staff, and war industry workers as well as the experiences of military personnel from all ranks and all branches of service.

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