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date: 24 August 2019

(p. vi) (p. vii) Acknowledgments

(p. vi) (p. vii) Acknowledgments

The forty contributors to this volume, from five continents, reflect the global nature of oral history. The international and interdisciplinary nature of the undertaking produced copy in a variety of styles, spellings, and citations that the editor has sought to standardize, but the intellectual substance of each essay belongs to each author exclusively. Although widely separated geographically, we have followed each other's work through scholarly journals, documentaries, Web sites, and electronic communication. We have especially benefitted from the biennial meetings of the International Oral History Association, where oral historians from many nations meet to deliver papers, participate in discussions, and converse between sessions, often over memorable servings of local food and drink. As the only historians who deal exclusively with the living, oral historians have a reputation for conviviality that makes their gatherings livelier than most professional meetings and that has forged strong friendships among practitioners around the world. We owe special thanks to the organizers of those international meetings, as well as to those who have sponsored the numerous regional, national, and local oral history meetings and workshops, for spreading an awareness of the practice, raising its standards, and encouraging its technological and intellectual advancement. This volume would not have possible without the extensive network they have fostered. Our thanks also go to Nancy Toff of Oxford University Press. As an editor and an oral historian, she inspired this collaboration. By reviewing the past and reflecting on the future, we hope that the Oxford Handbook of Oral History will reinforce those already in the field, and serve as a welcoming introduction to those considering oral history interviewing, using interviews in their research, preserving the recordings and transcripts in libraries and archives, and incorporating oral history in their public presentations.