Oral History Links

Online Oral History: Different forms (top)

Studs Terkel: Conversations with America

The Studs Terkel Conversations with America web site is dedicated to making the works of Studs Terkel accessible to diverse set of users: researchers, students, teachers, and the general public. Provides wide selection of streaming audio.

Flint Sitdown Strike
( http://www.historicalvoices.org/flint/)

The site has been designed around the general idea of providing diversified, nonlinear access to digital audio content. Users can choose from a number of different modes of presentation, including audio essays, slideshows, a timeline, strike map , and a user-friendly, yet very accurate search engine. Whatever the direction the users take, they should always be able to quickly access the audiovisual content of the site. However, each distinct mode of presentation tells the Sit-Down Strike story from a different perspective. For example, the site map focuses on the location of strike events, while the timeline offers a temporal vantage point.

Oyez: Supreme Court Multimedia

Provides Supreme Court case audio tied to transcripts. While not strictly "oral history," as a spoken word project, it shows well the possibilities of combining audio and transcripts for online presentation.

AODL (African Online Digital Library
( http://www.aodl.org/ann_ef.mov)

Oral history in the language of Pulaar with transcript that scroll in both English and French.

Quilt Treasures

The Quilt Treasures Project was conceived by The Alliance for American Quilts to document the stories of a limited number of notable individuals — quilt makers, designers, business people, collectors, scholars, publishers — who were instrumental in moving the 20th century quilt revival forward in some significant way. Quilt Treasures seeks to make this documentation available in a variety of media: digitally on the web through web portraits and mini-documentaries and in archival form at MSU Museum.


MediaMatrix is an online application that allows users to isolate, segment, and annotate digital media. MediaMatrix is an ongoing research project at MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online based at Michigan State University. MATRIX is devoted to the application of new technologies in humanities and social science teaching and research. The Center creates and maintains online resources, provides training in computing and new teaching technologies, and creates forums for the exchange of ideas and expertise in new teaching technologies.

Oral history Equipment (top)

MATRIX Equipment Recommendations ( http://www.historicalvoices.org/oralhistory/audio-tech.html)
BBC Equipment Recommendations (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/your_
Nebraska State Historical Society's Capturing the Living Past Project Equipment Recommendations ( http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/audiovis/oral_history/equipment.htm)
East Midlands Oral History Project Equipment Recommendations ( http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/training/equipment.html)
OHS: Oral History Society Equipment Recommendations (http://www.ohs.org.uk/advice/#equipment)
NZhistory.net Oral History Program Equipment Recommendations (http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/from-memory/guide-equip.html)
Vermont Folklife Center Oral History Equipment Recommendations (http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/res_audioequip.htm)

More Oral History Online (top)

VOHA: Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive (http://salticid.nmc.csulb.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/OralAural.woa//)

The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive of California State University, Long Beach site provides access to the full audio recordings of oral histories that have been deposited in Special Collections of the University Library - enabling you, the user, to hear the voice, pitch, and rhythm of the narrations as well as the emotions these convey. You will hear the actual spoken words of oral history narrators, rather than seeing a written version of them in the form of a transcript.

TalkingHistory (http://www.talkinghistory.org/)

Talking History, based at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is a production, distribution, and instructional center for all forms of "aural" history. Our mission is to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere.

Whole World was Watching: Oral History of 1968 (http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/1968/)

The resource contains transcripts, audio recordings, and edited stories of a series of interviews conducted in the spring of 1998. The Whole World Was Watching: an oral history of 1968 is a joint project between South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group.

Holocaust Museum Personal Stories (http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/phistories/)

Excellent collection of video based interviews with transcripts.

British Library Oral history Collection (http://www.bl.uk/collections/sound-archive/holdings.html)

Access to full holdings but limited available online. Note: has an early recording of Florence Nightingale, 1890 (http://www.bl.uk/collections/sound-archive/history.html)

Civil Rights in Mississippi (http://www.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/index.html)

The Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive is an Internet-accessible, fully searchable database of digitized versions of rare and unique library and archival resources on race relations in Mississippi. In executing this effort, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries seek to: 1) enhance access to primary source material, 2) preserve original materials by creating digital surrogates, 3) create learning opportunities for remote users, and 4) create an infrastructure for a continuing digitization program.

Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (http://www.ibiblio.org/sohp/laf/overview.html)

This site was created by Dr. James Leloudis and Dr. Kathryn Walbert as a part of the American Historical Association's program Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In building this website, our intent is to make oral history resources available to teachers at the secondary and college level and to suggest some of the ways in which the stories told in Like a Family can enrich the classroom experience for U.S. History students.

Social Security Online Oral History Project (http://www.ssa.gov/history/orallist.html)

The current Oral History Project at SSA is in its early stages, having been launched in June 1995. The Project envisions an ongoing effort to document the history of Social Security, and especially of the Social Security Administration, by obtaining oral histories from a wide spectrum of individuals who have participated in the making of this history over the years. Our emphasis is on the administrative history of the Social Security program and the institutional history of SSA.

Virtual Vietnam Oral History (http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/oralhistory/index.htm)

In 1999 the Vietnam Center initiated the Oral History Project. An element of the Vietnam Archive, the mission of the Oral History Project is to create and preserve a more complete record of the wars in Southeast Asia by preserving, through recorded interviews, the recollections and experiences of the men and women who participated in these wars, as well as those military and civilian personnel involved in activities surrounding the wars on the homefront. The Archive believes that the history of the wars in Southeast Asia is not complete without the inclusion of the voices of the men and women who were involved in the wars. Texas Tech University.

Online Educational Resources (top)

Eduscapes: A Site for Lifelong Learners(42explore) (http://eduscapes.com/42explore/oralhst.htm)

This page gives tips for collecting and guidelines for displaying oral histories. A good page with several links to credible university sites. Talks about how you can use oral history and gives exercises to get the prospective interviewer going. V. good, with many links to other practical sites on collecting oral histories—computer-based activities. Students first explore what the protocols for collecting oral history are, by internet research, then move on to their own project. Also evaluate other online oh projects. Matrix could do something hypertext based like this, in addition to putting our own primary materials online.

Baylor University site: Oral History Workshop on the Web. (http://www.baylor.edu/oral_history/index.php?id=23560)

Discusses more introductory topics; things like equipment, interviewing strategies, and has a decent bibliography for introductory topics. Also covers ethical and legal concerns.

Indiana University – Oral History Research Center (http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm/techniques.html)

This site talks in more detail about consent, and also has a pre-written, printer friendly consent form. There is an extensive bibliography page, also a page with links to other oral history center websites. SEE: Oral History Techniques

Center of Southwest Studies—Oral History Interview Guidelines (http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/Tools/sw-8.htm)

Useful information for students planning to do OH. Practical rather than content/ethically oriented questions

Cuentos del Varrio: Preserving Community (http://web.nmsu.edu/~publhist/ohindex.htm)

Detailed description of Oral History Project done in New Mexico. Collection of Oral Histories as means of maintaining community. Aimed at other educators, the narrative outlines the theory and pedagogy underpinning this initiative. Gives Oral History Methodology; Strengths and Weaknesses of Oral History, and teaching practices.

Southern Oral History Program ( http://www.sohp.org/)

This page has a lot of repeat information, but also seems to be more oriented towards the transcription of the audio that is produced as a result of the oral history interview.

The University of North Carolina – Southern Oral History Program: How To (http://www.sohp.org/howto/guide/howto_111a.html)

Excellent site—part of extensive Southern Oral History site. “How to” details: Designing an Oral History Project; Notes on Interviewing, Transcriber’s Guidelines, Ten tips for Interviewers, Technical Guidelines, etc.

Online military manual for soldiers involved in historical battle preservation (http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/oral.htm)

Very interesting and extremely well organized. Aside from the hundreds of military acronyms, the site contains some very useful information, with a unique approach to interviewing. Although the book is a military manual, the information can certainly be applied in a “civilian” context.

The Oral History Review
(http://www.ucpress.edu/journals/ohr/ )

Site is the online version of the scholarly journal.

LOC American Memory (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ammemhome.html)

The site for American Memory is a site oriented towards those in the education field. It offers online access to different collections and suggestions for implementing resources that deal with American Memory in the classroom.

UCLA Oral history Program ( http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries

Documents LA history. SEE Planning and Conducting an Oral History Interview—excellent questions appropriate for interviewers and those assigning oral history projects:.

Associations (top)

The Oral History Association (http://www.dickinson.edu/oha/ )

Website gives information on conferences, paper submissions, and some links—See especially “Principles and Standards”

Canadian Oral History Association (http://oral-history.ncf.ca/)
International Oral History Association (http://www.ioha.fgv.br/ioha/english/index.html)
H-Oralhist (http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~oralhist/)