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Oral History Resources
Famed child psychiatrist and scholar Robert Coles "feels that we learn our most lasting moral lessons through stories. Storytelling, in the form of both personal narratives and the established literary tradition, gives us a fuller understanding of ourselves and the experiences of others. ‘The whole point of stories,’ he observes, ‘is not 'solutions' or 'resolutions' but a broadening and even heightening of our struggles.’ They remind us of what is important in life, admonish us, point us in new directions, engage us in self- reflection, and sometimes inspire us to lead lives of moral integrity. The beauty of a story, he says, is in its openness — ‘the way you or I can take it in, and use it for ourselves.’ Often they embody ‘the moral contradictions and inconsistencies in our personal lives," and thus give context and meaning to the social and political narratives of society at large.’” –“A Way of Seeing: The Work of Robert Coles” by Scott London, http://www.scottlondon.com/articles/coles.html (Accessed Nov. 10, 2014).
Conducting Oral History
Doing Oral History by
Call Number: Available through Request Delivery from other IU campsues
Publication Date: 2003-08-07
Recording Oral History by
Call Number: D16.14 .Y68 2005
Publication Date: 2005-04-07
This book is a useful guide for how to do oral history.
Touch and Go by
Call Number: PN1990.72.T4 A3 2007
Publication Date: 2007-11-30
The Voice of the Past by
Call Number: AVAILABLE ONLINE
Publication Date: 2000-05-25
This book includes an overview of the discipline of oral history.
Oral History Projects & Associations
Institute for Local and Oral History
Provides links to local historical sites in the Louisville Metro area in addition to information about the institute's current oral and local history projects.
Oral History Association
The preeminent professional organization in the United States for oral historians, it includes a valuable resources page.
International Oral History Association
The International Oral History Association is a professional association established to provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation of human experience.
UC Berkeley's Oral History Center
This site provides information on and links to oral history projects and centers.
Floyd County Oral History Bicentennial Project
The Floyd County Bicentennial Oral History Project commemorates Indiana's bicentennial by recording the past and present experiences of New Albany and Floyd County residents.
Civil Rights History Project
Makes information available to researchers about relevant audiovisual collections throughout the country that might be located in local historical societies, university special collections, and public libraries, among other repositories.
Veterans History Project
Anyone can participate in this oral history initiative of the Library of Congress spotlighting war veterans.
Oral History Example available at IU and IU Southeast
American Dreams by
Call Number: CT220 .T42 1981
Publication Date: 1981-10-12
Coming of Age by
Call Number: HQ1064.U5 T44 1995
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
The Good War by
Call Number: D811.A2 T45 1984
Publication Date: 1984-09-12
Terkel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for The Good War.
Hard Times by
Call Number: E806 .T45 1971
Publication Date: 1986-08-01
Listening Is an Act of Love by
Call Number: E169.Z8 L49 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-28
This book, which brings together stories from the StoryCorps program, is an excellent example of an oral history-based book.
My Soul Is Rested by
Call Number: E185.61 .R235 1977
Publication Date: 1983-09-29
This book on the civil rights movement is an excellent example of an oral history collection.
Call Number: AVAILABLE ONLINE
Publication Date: 2011-07-26