The Oral History Manual (American Association for State and Local History) (Paperback)

By Barbara W. Sommer, Mary Kay Quinlan

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9781442270794, 160pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2018

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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 define oral history and then discuss the methodology in the context of the oral history life cycle - the guiding steps that take a practitioner from idea through access/use. They examine how to articulate the purpose of an interview, determine legal and ethical parameters, identify narrators and interviewers, choose equipment, develop budgets and record-keeping systems, prepare for and record interviews, care for interview materials, and use the interview information. In this third edition, in addition to new information on methodology, memory, technology, and legal options incorporated into each chapter, a completely new chapter provides guidelines on how to analyze interview content for effective use of oral history interview information. The Oral History Manual provides an updated and expanded road map and a solid introduction to oral history for all oral history practitioners, from students to community and public historians.

About the Author

Barbara W. Sommer, M.A., has spent her career in the field of oral history and public history, serving as historical organization director and director or co-director for numerous oral history projects. She has presented at state, regional, and national, and international conferences and has taught oral history in post-secondary and community settings. She is a long-time member of the Oral History Association where she has served in several leadership positions. Sommer is the author of the award-winning Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Mary Kay Quinlan, Ph.D., is an associate dean in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also has taught at the University of Maryland and Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is editor of the Oral History Association Newsletter and has been active in regional and national oral history activities for many years. Quinlan has conducted oral history workshops and presented at state, regional, national and international conferences.