Oral History Interview Question Lists

Oral History Interview Question Lists

These Web sites and books will help you make the most of your oral history interviews.

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Oral History Interview Question Lists

20 Questions for interviewing Relatives
Oral History Interview, Questions and Topics

Suggested Topics and Questions for Oral Histories

Oral History Interviewing Advice

51 Birch Street
Companion site to a family documentary based on the filmmaker’s interviews with relatives and family friends.

Baylor University Oral History Workshop on the Web

Capturing the Past

Cyndi’s List: Oral History and Interviews

How do I transcribe oral history recordings?

Making Sense of Oral History
Linda Shopes’ guide to begin working with oral history interviews as historical evidence.

Oral-History Interviewing Tips

Packing for an Interview

Southern Oral History Program

Books on Oral History Interviewing

Doing Oral History by Donald A. Ritchie (Oxford University Press)

How to Create a Video Family History: The Complete Guide to Interviewing and Taping Your Family’s Stories & Memories by Rob Huberman (ComteQ Publishing)

Keeping Family Stories Alive: Discovering and Recording the Stories and Reflections of a Lifetime by Vera Rosenbluth (Hartley & Marks)

Listening For Our Past: A Lay Guide To African American Oral History Interviewing by Hasker Nelson, Heritage Research Creations

The Oral History Manual by Sommer Barbara W. (AltaMira Press)

Recording Oral History, Second Edition: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Valerie Raleigh Yow (AltaMira Press)

Touching Tomorrow: How to Interview Your Loved Ones to Capture a Lifetime of Memories on Video or Audio by Mary LoVerde (Fireside)

Transcribing and Editing Oral History by Willa K. Baum, AltaMira Press

Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History by Sherna Berger Gluck (Routledge)

Where to Hear Oral History Interviews Online

Black Oral History Project (Washington State University)

Countown to Millennium: Oral Histories in Southeastern Ohio

Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

Southern Oral History Program


Veterans History Project

Voices of the Colorado Plateau

Women’s History and Issues from Oral Histories in the Perry Library (Old Dominion University)

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