Oral History Project Resources
Here are some helpful resources for community groups or teachers who would like to develop some oral history projects. The Oral History Association provides a principals and best practices guide. The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers an oral history interviewing guide. North Country Public Radio (NCPR) has a spot on their website with some wonderful examples of Story Corps oral history interviews that you can listen to online. And, if you’ve not heard of Story Corps, please check out their website as they have a new iPhone app for listening to the Story Corps story of the week complete with sharing functions via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and more. Also, if you haven’t seen it, check out the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress website and the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY). Both organizations have nice collections of oral history interviews that are available online in audio and/or written format, which may also be helpful in terms of learning how oral history interviews can be approached. TAUNY also provides teacher resources, which you might also find helpful. Enjoy!