Robert. Doing Documentary Work. New York: Oxford University Press,
Reflective essays on the ethics and dilemmas of documenting other people's
David K. and Willa K. Baum, eds. Oral History: An Interdisciplinary
Reader, 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publishers, 1996.
An anthology of important early articles that attempted to deepen understanding
of both interviewing methodology and the interpretive complexity of
Michael. A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral
and Public History. Albany: SUNY Press, 1991.
A collection of Frisch's previously published essays; a singularly thoughtful
effort to understand the relationship between the practice of oral history
and the politics of public memory.
Sherna and Daphne Patai, eds. Women's Words: The Feminist Practice
of Oral History. New York: Praeger, 1991.
Important, albeit uneven, efforts to link oral history to the theory
and practice of feminism and feminist studies.
Ronald. Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History, 2nd ed.
New York: Praeger, 1991.
Theoretically informed essays on, among other things, oral history interviews
as expressions of ideology and consciousness.
"On Using Oral History Collections: An Introduction." Journal
of American History 74:2 (September 1987): 570-578.
A good discussion of the strengths and limits of oral history as a historical
Charles and Alessandro Portelli. "I Can Almost See the Lights of
Home--A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky." The Journal
of Multimedia History 2 (1999).
A successful effort at "aural history" that integrates oral
history interviews, written transcripts, and oral and written commentary
by the authors into a coherent essay; available only online at http://www.albany.edu/history_journals/jmmh.
Bruce. Fieldwork. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.
Interviewing methodology from a folklore perspective; especially good
on technical matters.
Jaclyn and Glenace Edwall, eds. Memory and History: Essays on Recalling
and Interpreting Experience. Lanham, Md.: University Press
of America, 1991.
Proceedings from a 1988 conference sponsored by Baylor University's
Institute for Oral History, bringing together oral historians and cognitive
psychologists to examine both individual and collective memory.
of American History.
Since 1987, the September issue of the journal has included a section
of essays on oral history; typically, each essay identifies ways oral
history interviews can enrich historical study of a given topic (e.g.
the civil rights movement, education, farm women, etc.) and identifies
important extant collections related to that topic.
History Review. The journal of the Oral History Association, published
annually from 1973 to 1987 and biannually since then.
Includes articles, interviews, review essays, and book and media reviews
related to the practice of oral history in a variety of settings and
the use and interpretation of interviews for a variety of scholarly
and public purposes.
Robert, and Alistair Thomson. The Oral History Reader. New York:
The single best anthology of previously published work on the more theoretical
aspects of oral history; includes a good international range of materials.
Alessandro. The Battle of Valle Giulia: Oral History and the Art
of Dialogue. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.
Elegantly written essays on the interview exchange or dialogue, with
case studies focusing on interviews about war and about political movements.
The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning
In Oral History. Albany: SUNY Press, 1991.
Insightful, elegantly written analyses of oral narratives by a literary
scholar with a deep understanding of the politics of history and historical
practice; "The Death of Luigi Trastulli" is arguably the most
cited essay about oral history narratives.
Donald A. Doing Oral History. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995.
A practical guide to doing oral history, covering a range of topics
in question-and-answer format.
Paul. The Voice of the Past: Oral History, 2nd ed. New York:
Oxford Press, 1988.
At once a handbook on program development and interview methodology
and an astute discussion of the politics of historical inquiry and the
nature of historical evidence.
Raleigh. Recording Oral History: A Practical Guide for Social
Scientists. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1994.
A solid discussion of project planning, interview methodology, and the
use and interpretation of oral history materials.