Barbara W. Sommer

BWS Associates
My work focuses on an understanding of the field of oral history - how it can be used to protect and preserve information about the past and the voices of those who might otherwise by voiceless. I have written about this extensively in my books and other publications. I support the work of the Oral History Association in its Principles and Best Practices as


I have an M.A. in history and did work toward a Ph.D. I have worked as an oral historian for 40+ years.


I develop and lead oral history projects, teach and mentor students interested in learning about oral history, and write about the practice of oral history.


Regions Available for Work

Other Regions: Minnesota

Purpose of Contact

  • I am available to answer questions, or provide mentorship to other oral historians
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