Your source for books, pamphlets, articles, and more on oral history in practice and in theory.

Books & Pamphlets

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Abrams, Lynn.  Oral History Theory.  New York: Routledge, 2010.

Allen, Barbara, and William Lynwood Montell. From Memory to History: Using Oral Sources in Local Historical Research. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1981.

Angrosino, Michael V. Exploring Oral History: A Window on the Past. Long Grove: Waveland, 2008.

Barnickle, Linda. Oral History for the Family Historian: A Basic Guide. Carlisle, Pa.: Oral History Association, 2006.

Baum, Willa K. Transcribing and Editing Oral History. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1977.

Boyd, Nan Alamilla and Horacio N. Roque Ramirez.  Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Brecher, Jeremy. History from Below: How to Uncover and Tell the Story of Your Community, Association, or Union. New Haven, Conn.: Commonwork Pamphlets/Advocate Press, 1986.

Brown, Cynthia Stokes. Like It Was: A Complete Guide to Writing Oral History. New York: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1988.

Cave, Mark and Stephen M. Sloan. Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Charlton, Thomas L., Lois E. Meyers, and Rebecca Sharpless, eds.  Handbook of Oral History.  Lanham, Md.” AltaMira Press, 2006.

Cohen, Daniel I., and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Davis, Cullom, Kathryn Back, and Kay MacLean. Oral History: From Tape to Type. Chicago: American Library Association, 1977.

DeBlasio, Donna, et al. Catching Stories: A Practical Guide. Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 2009.

Douglass, Enid H. “Oral History,” in David F. Trask and Robert W. Pomeroy, eds., The Craft of Public History: An Annotated Select Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983.

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

Everett, Stephen E. Oral History Techniques and Procedures. Washington: Center of Military History, 1992.

Freund, Alexander and Alistair Thompson, eds.  Oral History and Photography. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Frisch, Michael. A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990.

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

Grele, Ronald J., ed. Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History. Revised edition. Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1990.

Hamilton, Paula and Linda Shopes, eds. Oral History and Public Memory. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.

Handlin, Oscar. Truth in History. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979.

Hart, Cynthia, and Lisa Sampson. Tell Me Your Story: The Oral History Workshop. New York: Workman, 2009.

Henige, David. Oral Historiography. New York: Longman, 1982.

Hoffman, Alice M., and Howard S. Hoffman. Archives of Memory: A Soldier Recalls World War II. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1990.

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

Ives, Edward D. The Tape-Recorded Interview: A Manual for Fieldworkers in Folklore and Oral History. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1980.

Janesick, Valerie J.  Oral History for the Qualitative Researcher: Choreographing the Story. New York: Guilford Press, 2010.

Jeffrey, Jaclyn, and Glenace Edwall, eds. Memory and History: Essays on Recalling and Interpreting Human Experience. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1994.

Lance, David. An Archive Approach to Oral History. London: Imperial War Museum, 1978.

Lanman, Barry A. and Laura M. Wendling, eds. Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education.  Lanham, Md.: AltaMira Press, 2006.

MacKay, Nancy, Mary Kay Quinlan, and Barbara W. Sommer. Community Oral History Toolkit. 5 volumes. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2012.

MacKay, Nancy. Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2007.

Matters, Marion. Oral History Cataloging Manual. Chicago: The Society of American Archivists, 1995.

Mishler, Elliot G. Research Interviewing: Context and Narrative. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986.

Moss, William W. Oral History Program Manual. New York: Praeger, 1974.

Nathan, Harriet. Critical Choices in Interviews: Conduct, Use, and Research Role. Berkeley, Calif.: Institute of Governmental Studies, 1986.

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

Neuenschwander, John A. Oral History and the Law. Los Angeles: Oral History Association, Pamphlet No. 1, 1985.

Oral History Evaluation Guidelines. Los Angeles: Oral History Association, Pamphlet No. 3, 1992.

Oral History Index. Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1990.

Perks, Robert and Alistair Thompson, eds., Oral History Reader. Revised Edition. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Pollock, Della, ed.  Remembering: Oral History Performance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Portelli, Alessandro. The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.

Ritchie, Donald A. Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide. Revised Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Ritchie, Donald A., ed.  The Oxford Handbook on Oral History.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Schorzman, Terri A., ed. A Practical Introduction to Video History: The Smithsonian Institution and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Experiment. Malabar, Fla.: Krieger Publishing Co., 1993.

Schrag, Zachary.  Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Smith, Allen, ed. Directory of Oral History Collections. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryz Press, 1987.

Sommer, Barbara W. and Mary Kay Quinlan. Oral History Manual. Revised Edition. Lanham, Md.: AltaMira, 2009.

Stielow, Frederick J. The Management of Oral History Sound Archives. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986.

Stricklin, David, and Rebecca Sharpless, eds. The Past Meets the Present: Essays on Oral History. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1988.

Thompson, Paul. Oral History: The Voice of the Past. Revised Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Vansina, Jan. Oral Tradition as History. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985.

Vansina, Jan. Oral Tradition: A Study in Historical Methodology. New Brunswick, NJ: Aldine Transaction, 2006.

Whitman, Glenn. Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students & Meeting Standards Through Oral History. Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira, 2004.

Yow, Valerie Raleigh. Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Revised Edition. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2005.


Benison, Saul. “Reflections on Oral History.” American Archivist 28 (January 1965): 71-77.

Blatz, Perry K. “Craftsmanship and Flexibility in Oral History: A Pluralistic Approach to Methodology and Theory.” The Public Historian 12 (Fall 1990): 7-22.

Clark, E. Culpepper, Michael J. Hyde, and Eva N. McMahan. “Communication in the Oral History Interview: Investigating Problems of Interpreting Oral Data.” International Journal of Oral History 1 (February 1980): 28-40.

Douglass, Enid H. “Oral History and Public History.” Oral History Review 8 (1980): 1-5.

Frank, Benis M. “Oral History for the Military Collector and Historian.” Military Collector & Historian 37 (Winter 1985):

Grele, Ronald J. “On Using Oral History Collections: An Introduction.” The Journal of American History 74
(September 1987): 570-78.

Morrissey, Charles T. “Public Historians and Oral History: Problems of Concept and Methods.” The Public Historian
2 (Winter 1980): 22-29.

Moss, William W. “Oral History: An Appreciation.” American Archivist 40 (October 1987): 429-39.

Neuenschwander, John. “Remembrance of Things Past: Oral Historians and Long-Term Memory.” Oral History Review
6 (1978): 45-53.

“OHR Cumulative Index, 1973-1995, Vols. 1-22.” Oral History Review 23 (Summer 1996): 68-191.

Ritchie, Donald A., Holly Cowan Shulman, Richard S. Kirkendall, and Terry Birdwhistle. “Interviews as Historical Evidence:
A Discussion of New Standards of Documentation and Access.” History Teacher 24 (February 1991): 223-38.

Rosenthal, Robert. “The Interview and Beyond: Some Methodological Questions for Oral Historians.” The Public Historian
1 (Spring 1978): 58-67.