Oral History

According to the Oral History Association: "Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. Oral history is both the oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word, and one of the most modern, initiated with tape recorders in the 1940s and now using 21st-century digital technologies." See also Thomas Lee Charlton, Lois E. Myers, and Rebecca Sharpless, Handbook of Oral History (Rowman Altamira, 2006) - preview available at GoogleBooks.

Resources for you and your students

Example Assignments Using Oral History

  • Three Generations of My Family, used by Randolph Hollingsworth who was inspired by Ann Firor Scott to include this assignment in her Introduction to Women's Studies course

Ways to Use Oral History Interviews in Student Projects

  • History of Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era - see the directions and handouts at HIS351-UK
See the projects at http://www.kywcrh.org/projects