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Oral History Manual, 2nd ed.

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The Oral History Manual, 2nd ed.

Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan


The Oral History Manual is designed to help anyone interested in doing oral history research to think like an oral historian. Recognizing that oral history is a research methodology, the authors first define oral history and provide an overview of its various applications. They then examine in detail the processes of planning and doing oral history, which includes:

  • articulating the purpose of interviews,
  • determining legal and ethical parameters,
  • identifying narrators and interviewers,
  • choosing equipment,
  • developing budgets and recordkeeping systems,
  • preparing for and recording interviews, and
  • caring for interview materials.

    The Oral History Manual provides a road map for all oral history practitioners, from students to public historians. This new edition includes:

  • An expanded discussion of project budgeting
  • More information on legal and ethical considerations, including detailed information on Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
  • An updated section on selecting oral history recording equipment
  • A discussion of cross-cultural interviewing considerations
  • Updated recommendations on processing oral history materials

  • AltaMira Press (2010)
    144 pp., soft cover

    Product Code: BOOKRES-0247
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