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General Oral History Resources

Oral History Association

The Oral History Association is a professional organization for oral historians. The OHA is very involved in providing support and resources for classroom-based oral history projects and has many active regional chapters. Their Web site has information on OHA publications and links to other oral history organizations.

Baylor University's Institute for Oral History: Oral History Workshop on the Web

The online workshop includes an "Introduction to Oral History," "Tips for Family Oral History," and a "Transcribing Style Guide."

Oral History Discussion List

H-Oralhist, a member of the H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences online initiative, is a network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history.

UC Berkeley Regional Oral History Office

This site provides tips on conducting interviews and a useful "One Minute Guide" to collecting oral histories.


Student Oral History Projects

The Whole World Was Watching: An Oral History of 1968

A joint project between South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group. The Web site contains transcripts, audio recordings, and edited stories of a series of interviews conducted in the spring of 1998.

Always Lend a Helping Hand: Sevier County remembers the Great Depression

Created by Richfield (Utah) High School students, this feature includes 24 oral history interviews, photographs and essays.

What did you do in the war, Grandma?

An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.

Oral History Sites on the History of Jim Crow

Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South

This is a radio documentary produced by American RadioWorks in cooperation with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and its Behind the Veil oral history project. The Web site includes audio clips from Southern blacks and whites.

Behind the Veil: Documenting African-American Life in the Jim Crow South

Duke University's Behind the Veil project was created to help correct historical misrepresentations of African American experiences during the period of Jim Crow by encouraging scholars to listen to the voices of those who survived legal segregation.

Oral History Teaching Resources

History Matters:

The site provides many useful resources for history teachers and also has information on using oral histories as a teaching tool in the classroom.

Making Sense of Oral History:

A useful guide that provides teachers with valuable information about using and working with oral histories.

Books on Oral History for Secondary Schools

James Hoopes, Oral History: An Introduction for Students (1979).

This work was written especially for classroom-based oral history projects.

Cliff Kuhn and Marjorie L. McLellan, eds. Magazine of History, v. 11, no. 3 (Spring 1997).

A special Oral History issue of the magazine, published by the Organization of American Historians and directed at secondary and undergraduate teachers. It is also available online at

Barry A. Lanman & George L. Mehaffy, "Oral History in the Secondary School Classroom" (1988).

This volume contains accounts of successful oral history projects and practical suggestions for classroom oral history.

Laurie Mercier & Madeline Buckendorf, "Using Oral History in Community History Projects" (OAH, 1992).

The authors offer ideas for organizing and undertaking community oral history projects. The book provides a step-by-step guide to project planning and establishing project objectives, with suggestions about identifying resources and securing funding.

"Oral History Evaluation Guidelines," 2nd edition, (2000).

Adopted by the National Endowment for the Humanities as the standard for conducting oral history, these guidelines are also available on the Oral History Association's Web site at

Donald A. Ritchie, Doing Oral History. (1995).

This is a useful guide to oral history research from an author who is both a past president of the Oral History Association and the associate historian to the U.S. Senate Historical office.

Linda P. Wood, with introduction by Marjorie L. McLellan, "Oral History Projects in Your Classroom" (2001).

This guide, written for classroom teachers, includes sample forms, handouts, examples, curriculum suggestions and discussion questions, taken directly from real-life classroom oral history projects around the country. It can be ordered from the Oral History Association (

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