- To learn about the Southern Oral History Program’s background, read Case Study of the SOHP published in The Oxford Handbook of Oral History by Oxford University Press in 2011 and edited by Donald A. Ritchie.
Oral History Resources
Use these general resources in designing and realizing your oral history project.
- Our Practical Guide to Oral History is a general handbook covering a range of topics for planning and conducting an oral history project, like interviewing tips and sample forms.
- Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s Oral History Guide
- Life History Question Sample Guide
- The Oral History Association provides Principles and Best Practices guidance throughout all steps of the interview process, including understanding rights, developing thoughtful questions, and working in conjunction with a repository to preserve materials.
- The Oral History in the Digital Age site contains dozens of excellent resources from top professionals nationwide. There are essays, case studies, and tutorials on a wide range of topics, from picking out which equipment to use and planning your first oral history project to creating accession workflows and making your interviews publicly accessible.
- A Guide to Oral History and the Law. This text is an invaluable resource in handling and interpreting various legal and ethical issues in oral history. It also provides release and deed of gift templates to use in almost every conceivable situation, which are very useful in developing your own release forms.
- Community Oral History Toolkit by Nancy MacKay, Mary Kay Quinlan, and Barbara W. Sommer is the “definitive guide to all aspects of conducting successful community oral history projects that conform to best practices in the field.”
These websites will help you integrate oral histories into your classrooms.
- Like a Family, the online companion to the acclaimed history, Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World, is a great resource for teachers.
- Oral Histories of the American South offers quick access to audio and transcript of more than five hundred oral histories.
- The Library of Congress provides a guide for teachers on social and oral history.
Some sites of interest.
- The Oral History Association
- H-oralhist, a network for oral historians
- Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History
- The University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
- Columbia University Center for Oral History’s resources page