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The Oral History Manual, 3rd Edition, Bibliography

Reprinted with permission of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers from The Oral History Manual, 3rd edition, by Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan. © 2018 by the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  All rights reserved.


Appendix C: Selected Sources

Many oral history sources are available in print form or on the World Wide Web. Included here are readers, anthologies, guides, and manuals as well as several websites and links to various oral history associations. Many of the publications have extensive bibliographies. For more information also consult your local library, historical organization, and the Oral History Association.


Selected Oral History Publications

Bryson, Anna, and Seán McConville, assisted by Mairead McClean. The Routledge Guide to Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry, and Investigation. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014.

Charlton, Thomas L., Lois E. Myers, and Rebecca Sharpless, eds. Handbook of Oral History.  Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2006.

Charlton, Thomas L., Lois E. Myers, and Rebecca Sharpless, eds. History of Oral History: Foundations and Methodology. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2007.

Dunaway, David K., and Willa K. Baum, eds. Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, 2nd ed. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1996.

Grele, Ronald J., ed. Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Praeger, 1991.

Lanman, Barry A., and Laura M. Wendling, eds. Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2006.

MacKay, Nancy, Mary Kay Quinlan, Barbara W. Sommer. Community Oral History Toolkit. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.

MacKay, Nancy. Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archives, 2nd ed. New York,NY: Routledge, 2015.

MacKay, Nancy, ed. Practicing Oral History series. New York,NY: Routledge, ongoing.

Neuenschwander, John A. A Guide to Oral History and the Law, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Perks, Robert, and Alistair Thomson, eds. The Oral History Reader, 3rd ed. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016.

Portelli, Alessandro. The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1991.

Ritchie, Donald A. Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, 3rd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Ritchie, Donald A., ed. The Oxford Handbook of Oral History. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Shopes, Linda,, eds.  Palgrave Studies in Oral History series. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, ongoing.

Thompson, Paul. The Voice of the Past: Oral History, 3rd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Trimble, Charles E., Barbara W. Sommer, and Mary Kay Quinlan. The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard. Routledge, 2008.

Whitman, Glenn. Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2004.

Yow, Valerie Raleigh. Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.


Oral History Association Publications

A Guide to Oral History and the Law, 3rd ed. John A. Neuenschwander for the Oral History Association, 2002.  (see revised edition from Oxford University Press, 2014).

 Doing Veterans Oral History, Barbara W. Sommer. A publication of the Oral History     Association in collaboration with the Library of Congress American Folklife Center Veterans History Project, 2015.

Oral History for the Family Historian: A Basic Guide. Linda Barnickel 2006.

Oral History Projects in Your Classroom, Linda P. Wood, with introduction by Marjorie L. McLellan, 2001.

Using Oral History in Community History Projects, Laurie Mercier and Madeline Buckendorf for the Oral History Association, 2007.



Oral History Review.  Oxford University Press.

The Journal of the International Oral History Association.

The Journal of the Oral History Society.



OHA Newsletter. Oral History Association.


Online Resources

Baylor University Institute for Oral History. Oral History: Workshop on the Web,

Baylor Institute for Oral History. Style Guide: A Quick Reference for Editing Oral Memoirs,

Making Sense of Oral History. History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web.

Minnesota Historical Society. Oral History (including Resources),

 Nebraska State Historical Society: Capturing the Living Past: An Oral History Primer,

 Oral History Listserver. H-Oralhist is an international network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history:

Oral History Association,, including Principles and Best Practices

Oral History in the Digital Age,

Veront Folklife Center,


Oral History Associations

Oral History Association. Established in 1966, it provides professional guidance in a collegial atmosphere. Publishes the biannual Oral History Review (March and September), the thrice-yearly Newsletter, and a pamphlet series. For more information, see the OHA website:


Regional Oral History Associations

In addition to national oral history associations, many areas have regional oral history associations. Examples are the Michigan Oral History Association, Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR –, and the Southwest Oral History Association (  For details, see:


International Oral History Association

International Oral History Association. This is a worldwide network of oral history scholars, professionals, and researchers. For more information, see


 Oral History Associations in Other Countries

Many countries have oral history associations that support the work of oral historians. Examples are the Oral History Society (Great Britain –, Canadian Oral History Association ( and the Oral History Association of Australia ( Others include oral history organizations in Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, China, and Europe. For details, see: