Oral History Associations

International Oral History Association (IOHA)
H-OralHist listserv
Oral History Association (USA)
Oral History Society (UK)
Other international societies and projects listed on IOHA

Oral History in Canada: Centres and Archives

Oral History Centre (U. Winnipeg)
Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia U.)
Library and Archives Canada
Canadian Heritage Information Network

Canadian Oral History Projects Omushkego Oral History Project
Métis Nation of Ontario Oral History Project
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Pier21 – Gateway to Canada
Passage to Canada
Amber Valley – A Black Community
Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada
Local Culture and Diversity on the Canadian Prairies (Before 1940)
CBC Outfront
Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Research Ethics

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

Canadian Copyright Information

see also: Jill Jarvis-Tonus, “Legal Issues Regarding Oral Histories,”
Canadian Oral History Association / Société canadienne d’histoire orale Journal, vol. 12 (1992): 18-24.

Handbooks and Guides

One Minute Guide to Oral History
Oral History Association Evaluation Guide
Baylor University Oral History Workshop on the Web
New Zealand History Online: Hands on History
Nebraska State Historical Society: Capturing the Living Past: An Oral History Primer
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Oral History Interview Guidelines
U.S. Army Guide to Oral History
The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
Library of Congress: The American Folklife Center: Folklife and Fieldwork: A Layman’s Introduction to Field Techniques
BBC History Trails: How To Do History: Recording Oral History
History Matters: Making Sense of Oral History

Recording Technology

Matrix Oral History Tutorial: Audio Technology
Vermont Folklife Center: Field Research Guides
East Midlands Oral History Archive: Equipment
New Zealand History online: Equipment – a guide to recording oral history
Oral History Society: Practical Advice
Transom: A Showcase and Workshop for New Public Radio
Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Preservation of Audio Materials


Oral History Handbooks

Allen, Barbara, and William Lynwood Montell. From Memory to History: Using Oral Sources in Local Historical Research. (Nashville: The American Association for State and Local History, 1981).

Baum, Willa K. Oral History for the Local Historical Society. 2nd edition rev. (Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1971).

Baum, Willa K. Transcribing and Editing Oral History. (Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1977).

Canada. National Archives [Public Archives of Canada]. Sound Archives Section. Recording Techniques for Oral History Interviews. (Ottawa, 1976). Cassette tape.

Canada. Public Archives. Sound Archives, Guide to Procedures. (Ottawa: Public Archives, Sound Archives Section, Minister of Supply and Service, 1979).

Corneault, Gilbert-L. “Oral History Workshop [Guide] Handouts.” (Winnipeg: Provincial Archives of Manitoba, 1989).

Curtiss, Richard D. et al, ed. A Guide for Oral History Programs. (Fullerton: California State University Oral History Program and Southern California Local History Council, 1973).

Davis, Cullom, Kathryn Back, and Kay Maclean. Oral History: From Tape to Type. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1977).

Deering, Mary Jo, and Barbara Pomeroy. Transcribing and Editing Oral History Interviews. (Washington, D.C.: George Washington University Library, 1976).

Dexter, Lewis Anthony. Elite and Specialized Interviewing. (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1970).

Fletcher, William. Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History with Video Tape, Audio Tape, Suggested Topics and Questions. (New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1987).

Frisch, Michael. A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History. (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1990).

Georges, Robert A. and Michael Owen Jones. People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork. (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1980).

Gluck, Sherna, and Daphne Patai, eds. Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History. (New York: Routledge, 1991).

Gebhard, Krzysztof, and Rhonda Wills, comps. A Guide to Collecting and Processing Oral History. (Regina: Saskatchewan Sound Archives Programme, 1981).

Grele, Ronald J. Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History. Revised edition. (Westport, CT: Meckler, 1990).

Grele, Ronald J. “Useful Discoveries: Oral History, Public History, and the Dialectic of Narrative.” Public Historian 13, no. 2: 61-85 (1991).

Hoopes, James. Oral History: An Introduction for Students. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979).

Hitch, Celia and Jay Norris. “Approaching Ontario’s Past: Conducting an Oral History Interview,” Number 7, (ISBN 0-919352-42-1 Ontario Historical Society, 34 Parkview Ave, Willowdale Ontario, M2N 3Y2, 1988)

Ives, Edward D. The Tape-Recorded Interview: A Manual for Field Workers in Folklore and Oral History. (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1980).

Jolly, Brad. Videotaping Local History. (Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1982).

Kane, Lucile M. A. Guide to the Care and Administration of Manuscripts. (Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1972).

Kates, Christine J.N. “Legal Oral History: An Interviewer’s Guide.” (Toronto: The Osgoode Society, n.d. [1985]. Typescript, including appendices).

Lance, David. An Archive Approach to Oral History. (London: The Imperial War Museum, 1978).

Langlois, W.J. “Oral History Tape and Transcript Procedures.” Reynoldston Research and Studies, Publication (May 1972).

Langlois, W.J., ed; Derek Reimer, assoc. ed.; Janet Cauthers and Allen Specht, asst. eds. A Guide to Aural History Research. (Victoria: Provincial Archives of British Columbia, Aural History, 1976).

McCracken, Jane, ed. Oral History: Basic Techniques. (Winnipeg: Museum of Man and Nature, 1974).

McMahan, Eva. Elite Oral History Discourse: A Study of Cooperation and Coherence. (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1989).

McMahan, Eva and Kim Lacy Rogers, eds. Interactive Oral History Interviewing. (Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1994).

Mercier, Laurie and Madeline Buckendorf. Using Oral History in Community History Projects. Pamphlet No. 4 (Los Angeles, CA: Oral History Association, 1992).

Moss, William W. Oral History Program Manual. (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1974).

Pilling, Patricia L. Oral History: Interviewing the Elderly. (Michigan Oral History Council, 1985).

Reimer, Derek, ed.; David Mattison and Allen W. Specht, asst. eds. Voices: A Guide to Oral History. (Victoria, BC: Provincial Archives of British Columbia, Sound and Moving Image Division, 1984).

Ridge, Allan D., ed. Writing Local History. 2nd rev. ed. Publication no. 3. (Edmonton, AB: Provincial Archives of Alberta, 1982).

Ritchie, Donald A. Doing Oral History. (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995).

Robertson, Beth M. “Oral History Handbook”  (revised as a 4th edition in 2000.  88 pages with illustrations and is available for $AUS20.00 (about $US10) plus postage by email order to or by post to: Oral History Association (SA Branch) , PO Box 3420 Rundle Mall Adelaide SA 5000 AUSTRALIA)

Rosenbluth, Vera. Keeping Family Stories Alive: A Creative Guide to Taping Your Family Life and Lore. (Vancouver, BC: Hartley & Marks, Inc., 1990.

Rothstein, S. “How to Write the History of Your Community, Congregation, or Organization.” Research Papers 2 (December 16, 1957).

Saskatchewan Archives Board. Exploring Local History in Saskatchewan. (Regina, SK: 1980 Diamond Jubilee Corporation, 1980).

Sitton, Thad, et al. Oral History: A Guide for Teachers (and Others). (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1983).

Thompson, Paul. The Voice of the Past. Oral History. (London, UK: Oxford University Press, 1988).

Vanel, Kurtis. “Helpful Hints for Interviewers.” (Burnaby, BC: Simon Fraser University, n.d.) [Typescript].

Vansina, Jan. Oral Tradition: A Study in Historical Methodology. (Chicago: Aldine, 1961).

Whistler, Nancy. Oral History Workshop Guide. (Denver, CO: Denver Public Library, 1979).

Yow, Valerie Raleigh. Recording Oral History: A Practical Guide for Social Scientists. (Walnut Grove, London, New Delhi: AltaMira Press, 1994).

On-line Handbook

“Getting Started in Oral Traditions Research” by Elisa Hart with Illustrations by Wally Wolfe.

Manuals for Teachers:

Brown, Cynthia Stokes.  “Like It Was : A Complete Guide to Writing Oral History”  (ISBN 0-915924-12-9).  Put out by the Teachers and Writers Collaborative, it is designed for junior high and high school students.

Lanman, Barry A., and George L. Mehaffy. Oral History in the Secondary School Classroom. (Los Angeles, CA: Oral History Association, 1989).

“Talking Gumbo”, a teacher’s manual for including oral history in secondary school classes and its companion video “You’ve Got to Hear This Story,” on how to do oral history interviews,  are available from the Williams Center for Oral History at LSU.  Contact the director Mary Hebert at

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  1. Good morning from Australia,

    I am the national secretary for Oral History Australia. Your web information is interesting and I ensure that I visit regularly. The Oral History Handbook, by Beth M. Robertson, you have listed in your ‘Handbooks’ above is now in its 5th edition, and reprinted in 2013. The ordering for this has changed as well and can be completed online via The address you have is no longer valid.

    The Oral History Australia website is:

    Currently I am in the planning stage of a networking and academic visit to North America (Canada) in August 2017. I would appreciate either your Secretary or President contacting me via email to discuss possible opportunities to meet. I can be contacted through the University of South Australia email at:


    David Sweet (PhD)


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