"American Century Project," oral history website developed by high school history teacher Glenn Whitman for use by students and teachers; includes pedagogical resources as well as examples of student work.

"Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide," developed by the Vermont Folklife Center; excellent guide to various recording technologies, as well as specific models; website also includes guides to digital editing of field audio and field recording in the digital age.

"A Basic Guide to the Concepts, Techniques and Strategies of Oral History," developed by the Virginia Folklife Program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; also includes resource guide and sample forms.

"Capturing the Living Past: An Oral History Primer," by Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan for the Nebraska Historical Society; a thorough primer in Q & A format, especially tailored for nonspecialists interested in interviewing on local and family history.

"How To: Resources for Planning and Conducting Oral History Interviews," developed by the University of North Carolina’s Southern Oral History Program; includes a general guidebook, sample interview forms, and a bibliography of more than fifty resources.

"The One Minute Guide to Oral History" and "Tips for Interviewers," developed by the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California at Berkeley.

"Oral History on the Web: A Primer," developed by the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at Louisiana State University; basic discussion "of simple principles by which oral histories can be transformed into effective Web presentations;".

"Oral History Primer," developed by the Regional History Project, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz; includes interviewing methods, procedure, and guidelines.

"Oral History Primer," developed by the Oral History Program at California State University, Long Beach; includes information on the techniques and methods of doing oral history, as well as on its uses in teaching and research.

"Oral History Questions," developed by Joanne Todd Rabun; includes more than 150 suggested questions for use in conducting a life history interview.

"Oral History Techniques: How to Organize and Conduct Oral History Interviews," developed by Indiana University's Oral History Research Center.

"Oral History Workshop on the Web," developed by Baylor University's Institute for Oral History; includes "Ten Principles of Oral History for the Family Historian.

"Planning and Conducting an Oral History Interview," developed by UCLA's Oral History Program; includes several pages detailing how to create an oral history project, including recommenced legal forms.

"Step by Step Guide to Oral History," developed by historian and educator Judith Moyer; a thorough guide that includes both "how to" information about planning and conducting an interview, as well as discussions of ethical, historiographic, and interpretive issues in oral history.


Oral History Association Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17013

  • Holds an annual conference
  • Publishes the biannual Oral History Review
  • Publishes a triannual newsletter
  • Publishes technical manuals on oral history, including the standard-setting Oral History Evaluation Guidelines: Guidelines and Principles of the Oral History Association, available on OHA's website
  • Sponsors H-Oralhist, a listserv affiliated of H-NET; H-Oralhist also has an excellent Web site with many good links

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)

  • Holds spring meeting and fall workshop
  • Publishes a triannual newsletter
  • Consult website for membership information