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Oral History Project Guide: Home

This guide describes how to plan and implement an oral history project.

Oral History Resources

See the following resources for additional information on oral history:

Central Library
D16.14 .R57 2003
Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide.  By Donald A. Ritchie.  Oxford University Press, c2003.  

The Oral History Association

Central Library
D16.14 .O76 2006
The Oral History Reader.  By Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson.  New York: Routledge, 2006.

The Voice of the Past: Oral History.  [E-book]  By Paul Thompson and Joanna Bornat.  Oxford University Press.  



Welcome to the Oral History Project Guide.  This guide offers some resources for further reading on oral history and some practical advice gleaned from several in-house projects in the Special Collections Library.

This guide is not a comprehensive guide for oral history, but I hope it proves helpful as you move forward with planning your next steps.  If you know of additional resources, let me know, and I will add them to the guide.

Teresa Gray
Public Services Archivist
Special Collections

Sample Projects

The following projects are curated by the Vanderbilt Special Collections Library.  They are samples of oral history projects on the history of Vanderbilt from the perspective of integration (Voices of Vanderbilt), the merger of Peabody College and Vanderbilt University (Voices of Peabody), and the World War II experiences of Vanderbilt alumni, staff, and faulty (Vandy Goes to War).  All three projects feature audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews.

Voices of Vanderbilt

Voices of Peabody

Vandy Goes to War


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Special Collections & University Archives