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.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 735 g
Dimensions: 294 x 222 x 17 mm
Edition: Third Edition
The 3rd edition of The Oral History Manual retains its concise and logical framework of the core of oral history practice while adding extended context for ethical and legal considerations, updates to technological considerations, and addressing the boundaries of oral history in contrast with story movements in current popular culture. It continues to be a standard in communities and classrooms. -- Sarah Milligan, Head, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, Hyle Family Endowed Professor, Oklahoma State University Library
For almost a decade, The Oral History Manual has served as the foundation for every oral history workshop I've given at the local, state, and national levels. This new edition will continue to be the foundational text for me, and many others, for the next decade to come. -- Jeff D. Corrigan, Assistant Librarian, California State University Monterey Bay
Oral historians Barbara Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan have done it again. In less than 300 pages they lay out the roadmap for practicing ethical oral history in the complex 21st century, then explain best practices for each stage along the way. A must for the bookshelves of libraries, oral history programs, and practitioners at all levels. -- Nancy MacKay, Oral historian, Editor of Practicing Oral History series