Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History


A clear and comprehensive introduction for those with little or no experience in planning or undertaking oral history projects.
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A clear and comprehensive introduction for those with little or no experience in planning or undertaking oral history projects.
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Editorial Reviews

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“The co-authors of Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History have produced a first-rate primer that will meet the needs of individuals seeking a practical introduction to oral history.…The book is especially well tailored to individuals working in historical societies, archives, or community organizations seeking to organize an oral history project of almost any scope.…I suspect that Catching Stories will become a popular choice for historical societies and other community organizations interested in a solid, practical guide to oral history.”
The Public Historian

“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.”
The Oral History Review

“(A)n outstanding new edition for novice oral historians looking to conduct oral-history projects.”
Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

“Catching Stories is the perfect guide for creating a successful oral history project.”
Big Muddy

“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.”
National Genealogical Society Quarterly

“This book will prove to be a valuable resource for community historians seeking an introduction to the field.”
— Douglas A. Boyd, Director, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

“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.”
IOHA Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804011174
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 905,816
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna M. DeBlasio is an associate professor of history and director of the Center for Applied History at Youngstown State University.
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