In neighborhoods, schools, community centers, and workplaces, people are using oral history to capture and collect the kinds of stories that the history books and the media tend to overlook: stories of personal struggle and hope, of war and peace, of family and friends, of beliefs, traditions, and values-the stories of our lives.
Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History is a clear and comprehensive introduction for those with little or no experience in planning or undertaking oral history projects. Opening with the key question, "Why do oral history?" the guide outlines the stages of a project from idea to final product-planning and research, the interviewing process, basic technical principles, and audio and video recording techniques. The guide covers interview transcribing, ethical and legal issues, archiving, funding sources, and sharing oral history with audiences.
Intended for teachers, students, librarians, local historians, and volunteers as well as individuals, Catching Stories is the place to start for anyone who wants to document the memories and collect the stories of community or family.
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
"Catching Stories is an extremely valuable and accessible resource for anyone interested in pursuing oral history research. The authors cite oral historian Paul Thompson on the purpose and value of oral history research in the opening pages of this work: `it can give back to the people who made and experienced history, through their own words, a central place,' and this guide will assist immensely all those interested in achieving this goal (empowering through an approach which combines rigor and empathy."
"(A)n outstanding new edition for novice oral historians looking to conduct oral-history projects."
"Catching Stories is the perfect guide for creating a successful oral history project."
"Budding oral historians will discover thoughtful discussion, examples, and basic guidelines for projects. The book is geared toward organizing and directing a project, and it is suitable for hands-on volunteer or student workshops."
"This book will prove to be a valuable resource for community historians seeking an introduction to the field." -- Douglas A. Boyd, Director
"The conversational tone of the text will make it an ideal accompaniment for workshops geared towards local historical societies, libraries, and schools with high aspirations but limited resources."
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