We all have stories to tell, stories we have lived from the inside out. Oral history listens to these stories.
Oral history is the systematic collection of living people’s testimony about their own experiences.
Historians have finally recognized that the everyday memories of everyday people have historical importance. If we do not collect and preserve those memories, those stories, then one day they will disappear forever.
- Oral History: Methods for Documentation & Research - Detailed introductory PDF document, presented by the Historical Society of Cecil County in partnership with Cecil County Public Schools
- Step-by-Step guide to Oral History - Detailed resource by Judith Moyer, covering advantages and issue of oral history, as well as offering bibliographies and examples of related paperwork
- Principles and best practices - Detailed document from the Oral History Association
- Reflections on the use of oral history techniques in social research - Extensive essay by Elaine Batty on the history and debates around oral history in a social science context
- Training in Oral History - Useful resources with a focus on OH practice in the UK, from East Midlands Oral History Archive
- Oral History - resources from methods@manchester
- Oral History Research Method - YouTube (barbaramitra) with video introduction from Sue Johnson (University of Warwick)
Oral History digital projects
There are many very specific projects available online related to specific localities, but here are two more general websites.
- StoryVault website - New social network for oral history videos (works like Youtube). Still in beta mode but expanding all the time
- Dedalo website - Open source software platform for managing and sharing an oral history project