Recommended Reading

Here is a list of books, and other references, to help you discover and learn more about all aspects of oral history. It’s a small sample of the growing literature in the field.

If you know of any other interesting material, please tell us and we will add it to the list. Some of these titles may be out of print, or may only be found through the Internet.

Baum, Willa K. Oral History for the Local History Society, AltaMira, 1995.

Baum, Willa K. Transcribing and Editing Oral History, American Association for State and Local History, 1991.

Beiner, G., and Bryson, A., “Listening to the Past and Talking to Each Other: Problems and Possibilities Facing Oral History in Ireland” in Irish Economic and Social History, No. 30, 2003, pp. 71-78.

Bertaux, D. (Ed.) Biography and Society: The Life History Approach in the Social Sciences. Sage, London, 1981.

Black, T. R., Doing Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences. Sage Publications, London, 1999.

Bornat, J. and Diamond, H., ‘Women’s history and oral history: developments and debates’, Women’s History Review, 16, 1, 2007, 19–39

Bornat, J. and Tetley, J. (Eds.), Oral history and ageing. Centre for Policy on Ageing, London, 2010.

Bornat, Joanna (Ed.), Reminiscence Reviewed: Perspectives, Evaluations, Achievements, Open University Press, Buckingham, 1994.

Bornat, Joanna, “Two Oral Histories: Valuing Our Differences” in Oral History Review 21, no. 1, Spring 1993, pp. 78-95.

Brewer, J.D., The Royal Irish Constabulary: an oral history. Institute of Irish Studies, Belfast, 1990.

Bryson, Anna, “Whatever you say, say nothing”: researching memory and identity in mid-Ulster, 1945-1969” in Oral History, Vol. 35, No.2, 2007, pp. 45-56.

Bryson, Anna, No Coward Soul. A Biography of Thekla Beere. Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, 2009.

Buckley, Anthony D., Ballard, Linda M. and Clifford Harkness. “Collecting Oral History” A Guide for Teachers and Amateur Historians, The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Caunce, Stephen. Oral History and the Local Historian, Longman, 1994.

Charlton, T.L., Myers, L.E., and Sharpless, R., Handbook of Oral History. Alta Mira Press, Lanham, 2006.

Charlton, T.L., Myers, L.E., and Sharpless, R., History of oral history: foundations and methodology. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2007.

Cubitt, Geoffrey, History and Memory. Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2007.

Dawson, G., Making Peace with the Past? Memory, Trauma and the Irish Troubles. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2007.

Dunaway, David K. and Willa J. Baum. Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, Alta Mira, Lanham, 1996.

Evans, George Ewart, The Crooked Scythe: An Anthology of Oral History, Faber, London, 1993.

Ferris, M., Women’s voices: an oral history of women’s health in Northern Ireland, 1900-1990. Attic, Dublin, 1992.

Fraser, R., Blood of Spain: The Experience of Civil War 1936-9. Allen Lane, London, 1979.

Freund, Alexander and Alistair Thomson, eds. Oral History and Photography (Palgrave Studies in Oral History), Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2011.

Frisch, Michael, A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1990.

Galway County Council. Collecting and Preserving Folklore and Oral History: Basic Techniques, Galway County Council, 2006.

Glassie, H., Passing the Time in Ballymenone: Folklore and History of an Ulster Community. O’Brien Press, Dublin, 1982.

Gluck, S.B. and Patai, D. (eds), Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History, Routledge, London, 1991.

Gray, D. E.  Doing Research in the Real World. Sage Publications, London, 2004.

Grele, Ron (ed.), Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History. Precedent, Chicago, 1995 (second edition).

Griffith, K. and O’Grady, T., Ireland’s Unfinished Revolution: An Oral History. Roberts Rinehart, 1999.

Guthrie, G., An Entry to Social Science Research, Chapter 2 Research Ethics. Sage, India, 2010, pp. 15-24.

Hammerton, A.J. and Thomson, A., Ten Pound Poms. Australia’s Invisible Migrants. Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2005.

Heaton, J. Reworking Qualitative Data. Sage Publications, London, 2004.

Howarth, Ken. Oral History: A Handbook, Sutton, 1998.

Karamanski, T., Ethics and public history: an anthology, Kreiger Publishing, Malabar, 1990.

Leavy, Patricia, Oral History. Oxford University Press, Oxford2011.

Lundy, P. and McGovern, M., “’You understand again’. Testimony and post-conflict transition in the North of Ireland” in The Oral History Reader, pp. 531-537.

MacQueen, H.L., “’My tongue is mine ain’: Copyright, the Spoken Word and Privacy” in The Modern Law Review, Vol. 68, May 2005, pp. 349-377.

Martin, R.R., Oral history in social work: research, assessment, and intervention. Sage, London, 1995.

Miller-Rosser, K. Robinson-Malt, S., Chapman, Y., Francis K., “Analysing oral history: a new approach when linking method to methodology.” In International Journal of Nursing Practice, Oct 01, 2009; Vol. 15, No. 5, p. 475-480.

Milne, I., “’The sense of history’: working at Independent House.” Independent Newspapers: a history, O’Brien, Mark and Rafter, Kevin (eds), Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2012.

Muldowney, M. The Second World War and Irish Women. An Oral History. Irish Academic Press. Dublin, 2007.

Munck, R. and Rolston, B., Belfast in the thirties: an oral history. Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 1987.

Neuenschwander , J.A., A guide to oral history and the law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009.

Oral History Society. Oral History, Journal of the Oral History Society, UK.

Passerini, L., Fascism and Popular Memory. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987.

Patai, D., “Ethical problems of personal narratives, or, who should eat the last piece of cake?” in International Journal of Oral History, 8, February 1987.

Perks, R. and Thomson, A. (Eds.), The Oral History Reader. Routledge, Milton Park, 2006 (second edition).

Perks, R., Oral History: An Annotated Bibliography, British Library National Sound Archive, London, 1990.

Perks, Robert, Oral History: Talking about the Past. Historical Association, London, 1995 (second edition).

Portelli, A., ‘The Peculiarities of Oral History’ in History Workshop Journal, 12, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981, pp. 96-107.

Portelli, Alessandro, The Battle of Valle Giulia: Oral History and the Art of Dialogue. University of Wisconsin Press, Wisconsin, 1997.

Portelli, Alessandro, The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History. State University of New York Press, New York, 1991.

Portelli, Alessandro, The Order Has Been Carried Out: History, Memory and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2004.

Portelli, Alessandro, They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History. Oxford University Press, New York, 2010.

Rickard, W., ‘”Oral history – more dangerous than therapy?”: interviewees’ reflections on recording traumatic or taboo issues’ in Oral History, vol.26 no.2, Autumn 1998.

Ritchie, Donald A. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Oral History. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011.

Ritchie, Donald A., Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide. Oxford University Press, New York, 2003 (Second Edition).

Roberts, Elizabeth, A Woman’s Place: An Oral History of Working Class Women 1890-1940. Blackwell, Oxford, 1984.

Rolph, S., “Ethical dilemmas: oral history work with people with learning difficulties” in Oral History, vol.26 no.2, Autumn 1998.

Samuel, R. and Thompson, P.R. (Eds.), The Myths We Live By, London: Routledge, 1990.

Shopes, L., “Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral History” in Charlton, Myers and Sharples (Eds.), History of Oral History, Alta Mira Press, 2007, pp. 125-159.

Silver, J., “’Astonished and Somewhat Terrified’: The Preservation of Aural

Smith, R.C., “Publishing Oral History: Oral Exchange and Print Culture” in Handbook of Oral History, 411-424, 2006.

Thompson, Paul. The Voice of the Past: Oral History, Oxford University Press, 2002.

Thomson, A., Frisch, M. & Hamilton, P., “The Memory and History Debates: Some International Perspectives” in Oral History 1994, 2: 33-43, 1994.

Thomson, A., Moving Stories, Women’s Lives: British Women and the Postwar Australian Dream. Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2011.

Thomson, Alistair, Anzac Memories. Living with the Legend. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1994.

Tonkin, Elizabeth, Narrating Our Pasts: The Social Construction of Oral History, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992.

Ward, A., “Is your oral history legal and ethical?” on the website of the Oral History Society, [downloaded 28th October 2011], Oral History Society, 2003.

Yow, V.R., Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, 2005 (second edition).