Oral History Resources

The websites and other materials below offer access to a rich collection of resources and models for creating and learning from oral histories. In addition to providing a wide range of sample oral histories, these sites include guidelines for doing oral history interviews, sample permissions forms, journals, articles on new projects, and trends in oral history.

For oral histories collected under this project see Of Two Spirits: American Indian and African American Oral Histories, edited by Mike Tosee and Carmaletta M. Williams, which features forty newly recorded oral Histories. For essays on various aspects of Afro-Native history, culture and society, see The First and the Forced: Essays on the Native American and African American Experience, edited by James N. Leiker, Kim Warren, and Barbara Watkins.

"Learning to Hear the Stories VI: Listening in the Borderlands," a workshop on oral history and tradition

"Identity, Voice and Community among New African Immigrants to Kansas"
This new project, supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, will explore why Africans have chosen to call Kansas home and will highlight the emergence of multiple and unique African communities in metropolitan Kansas.

Oral history Association http://omega.dickinson.edu/organizations/oha/
Oral history Online http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/ohonline/
Oral history society http://www.oralhistory.org.uk/
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm/
Baylor University Institute for Oral History http://www3.baylor.edu/Oral_History/
Columbia University Oral History Research Office http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/
Library of Congress American Memory StoryCorps Project http://storycorps.net/about/
Library of Congress American Memory Project— "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html
Voices of Civil Rights http://www.voicesofcivilrights.org/project.html

Ideas for Organizing an Oral History Project "'Tell Me Your Life Story and Sign This Form': Methods and Ethics of Oral History Collection" - Ailecia Ruscin and Sherrie Tucker

Keep the Heritage Alive!, McLean County, Illinois, Black History Project. This ambitious project includes transcripts of eighty interviews conducted over thirty years.

Selected Holdings in Oral History, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/

"Marla Jackson, Quilter" View Greg Hurd's interview with Marla Jackson on River City Weekly.
Well-known Lawrence quilter Marla Jackson creates story quilts that complement the rich oral histories of African Americans.

A Century in Quilts: Telling Stories

The finest American quilts of the 20th century are works of great beauty; striking design, extraordinary handwork, spectacular piecing. But beyond their appearance, these quilts tell our stories and at the same time, preserve these histories for future generations. Quiltmakers have always used this medium as a means to serve intense artistic or personal expressions. Quilts hold memories, moments, and lives.

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