Pamphlet Series

All OHA pamphlets are now available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Doing Veterans Oral History

By Barbara W. Sommer

This pamphlet, produced by the Oral History Association in collaboration with the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress, offers a detailed guide to doing oral history interviews with military veterans, from interview preparation to the interview itself to what happens afterward. It is a valuable resource for teachers and students, libraries and community groups, veterans associations, family members of veterans, and anyone who wishes to document the stories of those who have served our country.

A Guide to Oral History and the Law

By John A. Neuenschwander

New revised edition available from Oxford University Press.

Here is the bible for oral history practitioners on all the legal aspects of their field–an essential volume for students, amateur historians, genealogists, and professionals alike, written by a leading authority. It discusses all of the areas of law that are relevant to oral history, from copyright through defamation, and provides more than a dozen model legal release agreements that can be applied to a variety of situations.

Oral History Projects in Your Classroom

by Linda P. Wood, with introduction by Marjorie L. McLellan, 2001.  87 pages. Bibliography. $15.

This guide, written for classroom teachers, includes sample forms, handouts, numerous examples, curriculum suggestions and discussion questions, taken directly from real-life classroom oral history projects around the country.

Using Oral History in Community History Projects

by Laurie Mercier & Madeline Buckendorf 2007. Paper. 62 pages. Bibliography. $15.00.

Offers concrete suggestions for planning, organizing, and undertaking oral history in community settings. Provides a step-by-step guide to project planning and establishing project objectives, with suggestions about identifying resources and securing funding. The authors address common problems encountered in executing such projects, and present a series of case studies of successful community oral history projects. The pamphlet also includes a basic bibliography.

Oral History for the Family Historian: A Basic Guide

by Linda Barnickel 2006. Paper. 70 pages. $15.00

A good oral history, even a single interview, requires careful planning. Too often, novices and experienced researchers alike jump into an oral history project before giving sufficient thought to the technical, legal, access, and longevity issues. This seventy-page publication published by the Oral History Association provides practical guidance to the novice who wishes to conduct a family oral history interview. It is designed to help the interviewer/researcher avoid common mistakes by effectively planning, conducting, and preserving a family oral history interview. It also contains an extensive list of sample questions, a legal release form, and other suggested resources.

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