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Achieving the Promise of Oral History in a Digital Age  

Doug Boyd

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
The phrase “digital revolution” is frequently used in both popular and academic discourse to describe the multiple contexts of our increasingly electronically enriched and ... More

The Atlantic Northeast  

Neal Salisbury

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May 2016
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Apr 2016
The Atlantic Northeast emerged as a distinctive region between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries. Its largest tribal groupings were the Abenaki, Mi’kmaq, Penobscot, and other Wabanaki ... More

Can Memory Be Collective?  

Anna Green

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
This article explains the collectivity of memory. Memory, in all its guises, has been at the heart of historical inquiry over the past three decades. Cultural and social historians, ... More

Case Study: Opening Up Memory Space: The Challenges of Audiovisual History  

Albert Lichtblau

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
The emergence of oral history was connected with a technical development—namely the possibility of recording human voices. The recording techniques developed rapidly. This article ... More

Case Study: Oral History and Democracy: Lessons from Illiterates  

Mercedes Vilanova

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on case studies in oral history with the backdrop of democracy and lessons learnt form illiterates. The “discovery” of illiteracy and its defining characteristics ... More

Case Study: What is it That University-Based Oral History Can Do? The Berkeley Experience  

Richard Cándida Smith

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
University-based oral history needs to undergo a transformation. The process of going out and interviewing people for first-hand knowledge of historical events is as old as the historical ... More

Doing Video Oral History  

Brien R. Williams

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
Oral historians once tended to regard the sound recording of interviews as only the collecting stage of their enterprise. They considered the transcript as the authoritative document of ... More

The Dynamics of Interviewing  

Mary Kay Quinlan

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
The focus of this article is the dynamics of oral history and the significance of interviewing while recording oral history. From the profound to the perfunctory, question-asking permeates ... More

Ethical Challenges in the Oral History of Medicine  

Michelle Winslow and Graham Smith

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
Ethical challenges in the oral history of medicine are the essence of this article. It is a mark of the contribution of oral history to the history of medicine that studies located within ... More

Finding Slave Voices  

Kathleen Hilliard

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Jul 2010
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Sep 2012
The aims of this article are twofold. First, it traces the broad contours of the historiography, examining the myriad ways in which scholars have come to incorporate the slave perspective ... More

How Does One Win a Lost War? Oral History and Political Memories  

Federico Lorenz

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
This article refers to the Malvian Wars to analyze how political memories are embedded in oral history. It provides a broader look at political memories as historical constructions, and a ... More

Introduction: The Evolution of Oral History  

Donald A. Ritchie

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
Oral history is as old as the first recorded history and as new as the latest digital recorder. Long before the practice acquired a name and standard procedures, historians conducted ... More

The Legal Ramifications of Oral History  

John A. Neuenschwander

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
Oral history has become a research tool in virtually every country in the world. While the vast majority of oral history programs have not and likely never will be confronted with a ... More

Memory and Remembering in Oral History  

Alistair Thomson

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
Memory is not a passive depository of facts, but an active process of creation of meanings. This article focuses on the importance of memory and remembering in oral history. The literature ... More

Messiah with the Microphone? Oral Historians, Technology, and Sound Archives  

Robert B. Perks

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
For decades, oral historians and their tape recorders have been inseparable, but it has also been an uneasy marriage of convenience. The recorder is both our “tool of trade” and also that ... More

Motivating the Twenty-first-Century Student with Oral History  

Glenn Whitman

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the teaching of oral history in the twenty-first century. The article discusses the importance of educators when it comes to teaching oral history to students. ... More

Oral History in the Digital Age  

Kelly Schrum, Sheila Brennan, James Halabuk, Sharon Leon, and Tom Scheinfeldt

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
Oral history means many things. It is a record of oral tradition, compiled of stories handed down from one generation to the next, as well as the recording of personal history or ... More

Oral History in Universities: From Margins to Mainstream  

Janis Wilton

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
This article chronicles the journey of oral histories from margins to the mainstream. Until the late 1970s oral history was something that happened only outside universities. When pursued ... More

Oral History: Media, Message, and Meaning  

Clifford M. Kuhn

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Nov 2010
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Sep 2012
An immense transformation in oral history and media has taken place over the past few decades. This article draws largely upon personal experiences in culminating media, message, and ... More

Oral Testimony and the History of Medicine  

Kate Fisher

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
This article surveys the historiographical trends in medical history that have fostered the rise in the use of oral history. It discusses different approaches that serve to bring ... More

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