CCOH has great resources to help you learn about oral history, and design and construct your project. We can put you in touch with others in your city or community who made be doing similar work. We can also share the Telling Lives curriculum guide we developed for middle school students, upon request.
YouTube and iTunes U Resources
Oral History Bibliography
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of articles and books of and about oral history. Download it here.
CCOH's Procedures for Audio and Video Interviews
Oral historians may be interested to learn about our procedures for conducting oral history projects, whether on audio or video. These procedures cover everything from deciding on the use of interviews, to conducting the interviews, to having interviewees review the transcript, and dealing with any relevant legal issues. Download descriptions of our procedures for audio and video interviews.
Below are links to the websites of selected organizations in oral history.
> The Oral History Association seeks to bring together all persons interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting human memories to foster knowledge and human dignity. The informative website has information on best practices, a wiki about the field, and more.
> The International Oral History Association is the professional association for oral historians worldwide, and its website contains useful information on organizations around the globe, and many other resources.
> The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at the Montreal Life Centre makes innovative use of oral history both online, as well as in various art forms.
> The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky has some helpful instructional videos about choosing digital recording equipment for your oral history projects, as well as information on its impressive collections.
> The Regional Oral History Office at the University of California at Berkeley has outstanding collections on the history and culture of California and the United States.
> The Southern Oral History Program is part of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hilll. It has a superior collection of interviews on the American South, many of which are available online in audio and text formats, and excellent resources for conducting your own interviews.