Doing Oral History / Edition 2

Doing Oral History / Edition 2

by Donald A. Ritchie
     
 

Oral history is vital to our understanding of the cultures and experiences of the past. Unlike written history, oral history forever captures people's feelings, expressions, and nuances of language. But what exactly is oral history? How reliable is the information gathered by oral history? And what does it take to become an oral historian? Donald A. Ritchie, a

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Oral history is vital to our understanding of the cultures and experiences of the past. Unlike written history, oral history forever captures people's feelings, expressions, and nuances of language. But what exactly is oral history? How reliable is the information gathered by oral history? And what does it take to become an oral historian? Donald A. Ritchie, a leading expert in the field, answers these questions and in particular, explains the principles and guidelines created by the Oral History Association to ensure the professional standards of oral historians.

Doing Oral History has become one of the premier resources in oral history. It explores all aspects of the field, from starting an oral history project, including funding, staffing, and equipment to conducting interviews; publishing; videotaping; preserving materials; teaching oral history; and using oral history in museums and on the radio. In this second edition, the author has incorporated new trends and scholarship, updated and expanded the bibliography and appendices, and added a new focus on digital technology and the Internet. Appendices include sample legal release forms and information on oral history organizations.

Doing Oral History is a definitive step-by-step guide that provides advice and explanations on how to create recordings that illuminate human experience for generations to come. Illustrated with examples from a wide range of fascinating projects, this authoritative guide offers clear, practical, and detailed advice for students, teachers, researchers, and amateur genealogists who wish to record the history of their own families and communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154344
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/07/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments11
Ch. 1An Oral History of Our Time19
Ch. 2Setting Up an Oral History Project47
Ch. 3Conducting Interviews84
Ch. 4Using Oral History in Research and Writing110
Ch. 5Videotaping Oral History134
Ch. 6Preserving Oral History in Archives and Libraries155
Ch. 7Teaching Oral History188
Ch. 8Presenting Oral History222
App. 1Principles and Standards of the Oral History Association252
App. 2Sample Legal Release Forms256
Notes and References261
Selected Bibliography287
Internet Resources305
Index309

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