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PEAC 315 Oral History and Activism (HC): Oral History

Peace, Justice and Human Rights 315: Oral History and Activism (Balay) Spring 2019


Sarah Horowitz           

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Methodological Resources


Online Resources

Oral History Principles and Best Practices

  • From the Oral History Association

Oral history in the Digital Age

  • Connects you to the latest information on digital technology as it pertains to all phases of the oral history process. 

The Oral History Bibliography 

  • An extensive, helpful guide from the Columbia University Center for Oral History. Includes resources for methodology, generally, as well as lists of texts based on oral historical projects, organized by topic (e.g., human rights, body narratives, psychology & trauma, women's and gender studies)

Step-By-Step Guide to Oral History

  • From the Film Study Center, Harvard University & the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University



Interviewing Guidelines-UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research

  • Includes tips for conducting and recording interviews

Interview Tips- Regional Oral History Office

  • Set of tips for interviewers from ROHO at the University of California Berkeley



Transcribing Style Guide-Baylor University

  • Style guide for editing transcription

Indexing & Transcribing Your Interviews

  • Guidelines and tips from the Veterans' History Project, Library of Congress


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Ethical & Legal Resouces

Major Legal Challenges

  • Article from the Oral History in the Digital Age site.

Oral History, Human Subjects & Institutional Review Boards

  • From the Oral History Association.

Steering Clear of the Rocks

  • Article on ethics which addresses digitization, online accessiblity, identification and other concerns, by Mary Larson.

What Do You Think You Own?

  • From the Oral History in the Digital Age site. Pertains to making oral histories available online.

Oral History: Ethical and Legal Issues

  • From the Florida Voices project

Oral History Collections

This set of resources isn't comprehensive -- there are multitudes of oral histories online! -- but these are good places to explore, as you help develop out your own project.

Haverford College Oral Histories

Precious Places. 2, Program 6

  • "Ardmore, A Village at Risk by Save Ardmore Coalition(Ardmore). Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore is a street of small family owned shops. It is also the heart of the community. Neighbors must now fight off efforts to take over their properties by eminent domain so that the land can be sold to more profitable, upscale stores."

New York Public Library Community Oral History Project

  • Community based oral history project documenting the city's unique history

Smith College Oral Histories

  • Oral history projects conducted and archive by Smith College. 




Digital Research Tools for Transcription

  • You can narrow the listings in this directory by operating system & cost. 

Haverford College IITS Audio Visual Services

  • Equipment that can be loaned to students for class assignments