- Easier - Oral
history is recording and sharing interviews of
people about their past memories.
- Harder - "Oral
history is a method of gathering and preserving
historical information through recorded interviews
of people about past events and ways of life"
History Association). The term encompasses a
wide range of practices that are loosely connected
by a common methodology. Oral history methods pair
the oldest type of historical inquiry, evoking
spoken word responses that predates writing, with
relatively modern technologies, audio and video
and Fieldwork: A Layman's Introduction to Field
- Learn more to collect information including
interviews, recordings, still photography, and
- Sites for Younger Students:
- 2) Scholastic's Oral History Scrapbook
for Oral History Online Workshop (Workshop
on the Web)
- (Baylor University, Institute for Oral
- This site is a very good guide to the nuts and
bolts of oral history.
- Within the Website:
- 2) Tips for Family Oral History http://www3.baylor.edu/Oral_History/Familytips.htm
- Learn how to collect oral histories including
before the interview, questions, interviews, after
the interview, and sample questions.
- Similiar Websites:
- 2) How to Collect Oral Histories by David
- 3) Oral History Techniques by Dr. B. Truesdell
- This lesson presents social history content and
topics through the voices of ordinary people. It
draws on primary sources from the American Memory
Life Histories, 1936-1940.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Overview of Using Oral History to Explore
the Lives of Everyday Americans http://www.cms.ccsd.k12.co.us/ss/SONY/orbeta1/oralhome.htm
- 3) Internet and the Preservation of Oral
- After exploring several of the sites
below, complete one or more of the
- Outline the Steps for Completing an
Oral History Project. Pretend that you
are completing an oral history project; it
could be an interview of one person. Visit
several of the procedures sites like
to Collect Oral Histories and
to Oral History. Put together a
step-by-step outline of the steps you
would follow in competing your
- Plan the Interview Process.
Prepare to interview your
oldest-living relative or an interesting
neighbor. Visit sites like Oral
History Questions (1), and
History Questions (2). If you do
plan to interview an older person, look at
the tips at A
Little Advice. Put together a list of
interview questions and outline the steps
you would follow. Don't forget to include
the procedure for operating the recording
equipment. Rehearse and critique the
interview process with a helpful
- Explore Social History. Visit
Oral History and begin by studying
oral histories at the Federal Writers'
Project, then conduct some interviews
yourself (Teacher overview at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/learn/lessons/oralhist/ohhome.html).
- List the Ethical Considerations
Involved. Identify all ethical items
that come into play when completing a oral
history project. Consider interviewee
selection, your own background and biases,
handling of information, recordings,
transcriptions, and the preservation of
materials. You will find lots of pointers
History Association and the other
- Plan An Oral History Project.
Visit project sites like Kellytown
Oral History, The
Whole World Was Watching, and
Did You Do In the War Grandma? Compare
and contrast two of the projects. Now
identify a new oral history project that
you could complete in your community.
Start small, think of one person to
interview; a neighbor or family member.
You might focus on an event, time period
or unique experience such as immigration,
local history, civil rights or women's
movement, life on the farm or town, the
first job, growing up, change, or life in
the 40s (50s, 60s or other era). Ask the
person to volunteer. Employ a release
- Complete An Oral History
WebQuest. Adapt or follow the
procedures found at one of the following
- 1) Historically Speaking (Grade 7)
- 2) Oral History WebQuest (Grades
- 3) Understanding History Through
Stories and Cultural Inquiry http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listculturalje.html
- More Good How-to Sites
Whispers About Oral History by Raul
- In this article the author shares ten
straightforward recommendations for conducting oral
- This project links seniors and youth in
communities across Canada in a dialogue which
explores, records and celebrates seniors'
contributions to their country and their
- Site provides background information,
principles and standards for the area of study,
ethics recommendations, and evaluation
History in Your Community by Carolynne M.
- This article promotes the collection of life
accounts for understanding the history and special
culture of a community.
History at Yahoo.Com
- This links-page connects to numerous resource
sites for oral histroy.
- Related Links-Pages:
- 2) Oral History: Interviewing Relatives at
- 3) Oral History Resources on the Web http://www.edheritage.org/linkpages/orhis.htm
Oral History Office (The Bancroft
- The instruction section contains oral history
tips and the 'One Minute Guide.'
- Oral History Projects
The Whole World is Watching
- This site focuses on the year 1968 and the
experiences of people who lived through that time
Oral History Collections
- This site provides provides electronic access
to oral history endeavour in Australia.
Rights Oral History Bibliography
- Site provides a detailed guide to over nine
hundred oral history interviews about the civil
rights movement in Mississippi.
- This great student project contains oral
histories of World War II veterans as well as
student reflections on the project. You can also
find some great World War II resources. Materials
are also available for teachers development these
types of projects.
- This collection includes oral histories
relating to the Free Speech Movement, the
Suffragists Oral History Project, the Disability
Rights and Independent Living Movement, the Earl
Warren Oral History Project, Health Care, Science,
Technology and others.
- These are the stories of people's lives in the
Kellytown neighborhood of Charlottesville,
Virginia. This project began as a collaboration
among the Kellytown Neighborhood Association,
Barbara Rivers and her grade school class at
Venable Elementary School and the Curry School of
Education at the University of Virginia.
Whole World Was Watching: An Oral History of
- (A joint project between South Kingstown High
School and Brown University)
- Members of a Sophomore Class interviewed Rhode
Islanders about their recollections of the year
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
- Eighth graders at Dakota Meadows Middle School
(Mankato, MN) recorded oral histories of WWII
- Related Websites:
- 2) Institute of World War II and the Human
- 3) Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War
- Teacher Sites
the Forgotten Voices: An Approach to Oral
History from Southern Institute at Tulane
- Provides a step-by-step guide to getting
students into being oral historians.
to Oral History Sites
- Here is a list of links to websites of
organizations and publications, an oral history
discussion list, and oral history centers and
- Introduces students to oral history.
- Another Lesson from Edsitement:
- 2) What Is History? Timelines and Oral
- Here you find lesson guides for examining oral
history traditions by collecting and examining oral
History Collection Project (Grades
- This study guide has several sections. The
first two pages give a background to the
methodology of oral narratives and why they are
important. Additional pages talk about how you can
create an archive of local stories in the
Community/Cuentos del Varrio: An Oral History
- This extensive website describes an oral
history project and includes the project design,
research, equipment and recording techniques,
interview and post-interview processes, issues in
preservation, and more.
'fallibility of memory'
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