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Oral History: Reference

Reference Books

Primary Documents

LibGuides: Internet Sites with Primary Sources for U.S. History: 20th Century

A collection of pages that include primary sources for the study of U.S. history

Documents for the Study of American History: US History: AMDOCS: 800 - 2008 Primary Sources |

WWW-VL: History: US Colonial Era 1600-1675, Map of Exploration and Settlement North America Before 1675

Guidelines for Interviews

The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide

Revised Edition Precious Legacies: Documenting Family Folklore and Community Traditions We hope that the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide inspires you to turn to members of your own family and community as key sources of history, culture, and tradition. But where does one start?

Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History

Oral history listens to these stories. Oral history is the systematic collection of living people's testimony about their own experiences. Historians have finally recognized that the everyday memories of everyday people, not just the rich and famous, have historical importance. If we do not collect and preserve those memories, those stories, then one day they will disappear forever.