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Oral History Links
Best Practices in Oral History
The Baylor University Institute for Oral History offers instruction in designing a project and conducting an interview, transcribing and publishing interviews, as well as additional resources on oral history theory and application. Workshops designed for classroom teachers and students are also available.
Baylor's Institute for Oral History also offers an online workshop,"Getting Started with Oral History," twice a year. The workshop offers six hours of instruction, a number of resources for facilitating oral history projects, and ongoing consultation.
The Oral History Association provides vital information for oral history project development through its Evaluation Guidelines and other publications.
The most up-to-date news concerning oral history worldwide is available on the H-Net Oral History Discussion List. This site also lists Web sites for oral history projects by topic and allows a search of topics on the discussion list archives.
Will your project be digital? Find the latest information on digital recording at Oral History in the Digital Age.
Capturing the Living Past: An Oral History Primer, by Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, is provided by the Nebraska State Historical Society.
"Making Sense of Oral History," by Linda Shopes, is a manual on interpreting oral history.
Matrix Oral History Tutorial is a practical guide to audio recording technology, including instruction in audio recording techniques, digitalization, and restoration.
Oral History Techniques by Barbara Truesdell, is available from the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory.
"Smithsonian Folklore and Oral History Interviewing Guide" is available from the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Oral History Associations
TOHA Member Sites
The Baylor University Institute for Oral History, in Waco, is TOHA's host institution and offers online instruction in oral history interviewing, a searchable database of its own collection, and streaming audio and video of two oral history documentaries.
The Conservation History Association of Texas, in Austin, is an archive of oral history interviews with Texas environmentalists.
Kelley E. Crager is head of The Vietnam Center and Archive Oral History Project at Texas Tech University, which furnishes, all online, an oral history workshop, access to recordings and transcripts, and searchable database.
The History Center, in Diboll, offers access to a growing oral history collection of local interest, with particular strengths in the history of the lumber industry and railroading. In 2007, the center earned the TOHA Community History Award.
The Johnson Space Center Oral History Project, Houston, provides transcripts of interviews with the key players in NASA's Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle programs. JSC-OHP has earned a TOHA Community History Award.
McFaddin-Ward House, in Beaumont, provides visitors a glimpse into the life of a Texas oil and ranch family and their neighbors and employees during the first half of the twentieth century.
The Austin-based cultural resources management firm Prewitt & Associates, Inc. provides architectural, historic, and archaeological consultant and research services.
The University of North Texas Oral History Program holds the state's largest public university collection of oral history interviews and houses the archives of the Oral History Association. UNTOHP's Web site offers a searchable index of its collection, resources for educators, and links to oral history resources.
Susan Burneson and her husband, Rob, maintain a website and blog, Voices of the Violet Crown. The site focuses on neighborhood history in Central Austin and includes oral history interviews, photographs, video clips, films, essays, neighborhood news, and links to other oral history websites. The Burnesons have coordinated the ongoing project in Central Austin since 2003. They received the 2009 Mary Faye Barnes Award for Excellence in Community History Projects for their film, A Community Mosaic.
Dr. Vernon L. Williams, winner of a TOHA Community History Award and professor of history at Abilene Christian University, is deeply involved in gathering the wartime experiences of American and British citizens for his East Anglia Air War Project.
Over the last forty years, humorist, folklorist, radio personality, and oral historian Tumbleweed Smith (a.k.a. Bob Lewis) has collected the largest private collection of oral history in the U.S., highlighting the fascinating characters and storytellers he comes across in traveling the state's back roads. Many of the stories he collects are broadcast on "The Sound of Texas," one of the state's longest-running syndicated radio programs, of which Smith is the creator and producer.
Oral History Voices Online
Texas Studies Links
The Texas Historical Commission preserves Texas history through a multitude of interesting projects. Its Atlas of Historic Sites provides significant information county by county.
The Texas State Historical Association maintains a list of sites of interest for Texas research, including libraries, museums, and government agencies. Research the broad spectrum of Texas history through TSHA's on-line Handbook of Texas.
Join Texas scholars in H-TEXAS, a discussion list on the history and culture of Texas maintained through the H-NET Humanities Online Listserv. Search the list logs for topics of interest.
TOHA Sound Bites Newsletter Archive
To access archived PDF copies of "Sound Bites," the TOHA newsletter, click here.