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About This Guide

Welcome to the Oral History Guide!

This guide includes necessary information and helpful resources for completing an oral history project. Peruse the guide using the tabs across the top to access these resources.

What is oral history?

"Oral history is the systematic collection of living people's testimony about their own experiences. Oral history is not folklore, gossip, hearsay, or rumor. Oral historians attempt to verify their findings, analyze them, and place them in an accurate historical context. Oral historians are also concerned with storage of their findings for use by later scholars." (

"History is all around us, in our own families and communities, in the living memories and the experiences of older people. We have only to ask them and they can tell us enough stories to fill a library of books. This kind of history – that we all gather as we go through life – is called ORAL HISTORY... Most importantly, historical documents and books can’t tell us everything about our past... Oral history fills in the gaps and gives us history which includes everyone." (

About the Resources

The following books, manuals, guides, and websites may be helpful at any stage of your oral history project, from preparation to presentation. You will find more resources on each tab that are specific to the stage of the project.


Available at the Stark Campus library

Available through Kentlink or Ohiolink.

Guides and How-Tos

Oral History in the Digital Age

Project Home Page

Getting Started Guide


The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

Planning an Oral History Project


Veteran's History Project (Library of Congress)

Project Home Page


Oral History Association

Principles & Best Practices

Web Guides to Doing Oral History


Oral History Society UK

Society Home Page

Getting Started Guide


Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Oral History Interview Guide


UC Berkeley Library

Oral History Tips