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Doing Oral History / Edition 2
     

Doing Oral History / Edition 2

by Donald A. Ritchie
 

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ISBN-10: 0195154347

ISBN-13: 9780195154344

Pub. Date: 08/07/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

Overview

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.

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
Chapter 1An Oral History of Our Time19
Memory and Oral History30
Public History and Oral History41
Chapter 2Setting Up an Oral History Project47
Funding and Staffing50
Equipment57
Processing64
Legal Concerns75
Archiving and the Internet79
Chapter 3Conducting Interviews84
Preparation for the Interview85
Setting up the Interview88
Conducting the Interview90
Concluding the Interview108
Chapter 4Using Oral History in Research and Writing110
Oral Evidence117
Publishing Oral History128
Chapter 5Videotaping Oral History134
Setting and Equipment139
Preserving and Using the Video Recordings145
Chapter 6Preserving Oral History in Archives and Libraries155
Managing Oral History Collections160
Sound Recordings164
Digitizing Oral Archives171
Donated Interviews179
Legal Considerations182
Public Programs184
Chapter 7Teaching Oral History188
Oral History in Elementary and Secondary Schools193
Oral History in Undergraduate and Graduate Education207
Institutional Review Boards215
Chapter 8Presenting Oral History222
Community History223
Family Interviewing230
Therapeutic Uses of Oral History233
Museum Exhibits237
Radio and Oral History241
Oral History on Stage243
CD-ROM and the Internet245
Appendix 1Principles and Standards of the Oral History Association252
Appendix 2Sample Legal Release Forms256
Notes and References261
Selected Bibliography287
Internet Resources305
Index309

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