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Oral history

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.

Online resources

Introductory materials

  • 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

Further resources


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