Mary Gordon

Historical Writer/researcher. Organization Facilitator
MARY LOUSIE CONTINI GORDON, Ed.D. (UCLA) AKA Mary Contini Gordon: Her experience directly involving oral history practices includes teaching graduate research in the California State University system, writing-producing-directing documentaries, mounting a museum art chow interspersed with WWII letters, hosting TV talk shows, creating and using narrative data management systems, writing books that integrated multiple oral history interviews including Family Oral History Across the World released by Routledge in the oral history series in late 2023 based on 50 recorded interviews with over 40 people from 5 continents. She has two other published books written under contract (a biography and a family history) both heavily dependent on many oral histories. She has done work in the effectiveness of two-way TV dialog and in AI at UCLA for educational purposes. Her narrative data management process is hosted on the Antioch College Oral History website and her oral history research has been discussed on radio and TV interview shows. She has conducted interviews and other research for two major corporations. She is grateful for the interview time so many people have given her over the years.


My background includes over 40 years with oral history or interview related work and narrative data management in TV and other media, corporate research which included interviewing, and as an oral historain for three books,: a biography, a family history and a book in the Routledge oral history series about the use of oral history worldwide in family histories. My education includes an Ed.D. from UCLA with honors in ed psych with a media emphasis , an MA in theater and TV production. My dissertation: a controlled study indicating effective practices in two-way video distance learning. My coroporate career involved being executive director of a Fortune 500 corporate university, developing leadership programs, problem solving workshops, and facilitating innovation concept development work. All of this is relavant to oral history work and to the development of an organization such as OHA.


Planning and/or conducitng a project that involves oral history interviewesWriting a book or media program that involves oral history interviews and/or as research as as oart of the program.Presennations about creating works based on oral histories.

Regions Available for Work

    Other Regions: Arizona||Califorinia|| Washington DC|| Virginia and other places as requested and arranged

    Purpose of Contact

    • I am available to answer questions, or provide mentorship to other oral historians
    • I am available for hire - as an oral historian, consultant, presenter, educator, or related services
    • I am available to collaborate - on research, community projects, artistic endeavors, or other joint undertakings with peers
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