Courtesy of Rob Perks and Al Thomson, The Oral History Reader, Routledge, 2006.

Handbooks and bibliographies

Hays, P., Speak for Yourself, Namibia, Longman, 1992.

Hutching, M., Talking History: A Short Guide to Oral History, Wellington, New Zealand, Bridget Williams Books/Historical Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs, 1993.

Matters, M., Oral History Cataloguing Manual, Chicago, Society of American Archivists, 1995.

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

Perks, R., Oral History: Talking About the Past, second edition, London, Historical Association, 1995.

Perks, R. and Thomson, A (eds), The Oral History Reader, second edition, London, Routledge, 2006.

Ritchie, D.A. Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, second edition, New York, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Robertson, B., Oral History Handbook, fourth edition, Adelaide, Oral History Association of Australia (South Australia Branch), 2000.

Taylor, P., Telling It Like It Was: A Guide to Making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies, 1996.

Thompson, P, The Voice of the Past: Oral History, third edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000.

Wilton, J., Oral History in Australia: A List, Sydney, Oral History Association of Australia (NSW Branch), 1996.

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

Collections and Reflections on Theory and Practice

Armitage, S. H. with Hart, P. and Weatherman, K. (eds), Women’s Oral History: The Frontiers Reader, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

Attwood, B. and Magowan, F. (eds), Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand, Crows Nest, NSW, Allen & Unwin, 2001

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

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

Bornat, J., Perks, R., Thompson, P. and Walmsley, J (eds), Oral History, Health and Welfare, London, Routledge, 2000.

Chamberlain, M. and Thompson, P. (eds), Narrative and Genre: Contexts and Types of Communication, New Brunswick, Transaction Publishers, 2004 (previously published by Routledge, 1998).

Darian-Smith, K. and Hamilton, P., (eds), Memory and History in Twentieth Century Australia, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Dunaway, D. and Baum, W. (eds), Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, second edition, London, Altamira Press, 1996.

Evans, G.E., Spoken History, London, Faber, 1987.

Ferreira, M.M and Janaina, A., (eds), Usos & Abusos da Historia Oral, Rio de Janeiro, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, 1996.

Frisch, M., A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History, Albany, SUNY Press, 1990.

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

Green, A. and Hutching M. (eds), Remembering: Writing Oral History, Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2004.

Grele, R. (ed.), Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History, second edition, Chicago, Precedent, 1985.

Huen, P.L.P., Morrison, J.H.  and Guan K.C. (eds), Oral History in Southeast Asia: Theory and Method, Singapore, National Archives of Singapore and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1998.

Jeffrey, J. and Edwall, G. (eds), Memory and History: Essays on Recalling and Interpreting Experience, Lanham, MD, University Press of America, 1994.

Lummis, T., Listening to History: The Authenticity of Oral Evidence, London, Hutchinson, 1987.

McMahan, E., Elite Oral History Discourse: A Study of Cooperation and Coherence, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press, 1989.

McMahan, E. and Rogers, K.L. (eds), Interactive Oral History Interviewing, Hillsdale, New Jersey, Erlbaum, 1994

Meihy, J.C.S.B. (ed.), (Re)introduzindo a história oral no Brasil, São Paulo, Xamã, 1996.

Myers, L.E., Sharpless R and Carlton, T.L., Research Handbook for Oral History, Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.

Passerini, L. (ed.), International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories, vol. I, Memory and Totalitarianism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992.

Personal Narratives Group (eds), Interpreting Women’s Lives: Feminist Theory and Personal Narratives, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1989.

Plummer, K., Documents of Life 2: An Invitation to Critical Humanism, London: Sage, 2001.

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

Portelli, A., The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History, Albany, SUNY Press, 1991.

Rogers, K.L., Leydesdorff, S. and Dawson, G. (eds), Trauma and Life Stories: International Perspectives, London, Routledge, 1999.

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

Schneider, W.,  So They Understand: Cultural Issues in Oral History, Logan, Utah State University Press, 2002.

Schwarzstein, D. (ed.), La Historia Oral, Buenos Aires, Centro Editorial de America Latina, 1991.

Seldon, A. and Pappworth, J., By Word of Mouth: Elite Oral History, London, Methuen, 1983.

Stricklin D. and Sharpless, R. (eds), The Past Meets the Present: Essays on Oral History, Lanham, MD, University Press of America, 1988.

Thompson, P. and Burchardt, N. (eds), Our Common History: The Transformation of Europe, London, Pluto, 1982.

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

Vansina, J., Oral Tradition: A Study in Historical Methodology, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1965.

White, L., Miescher, S.F. and Cohen, D.W. (eds), African Words, African Voices: Critical Practices in Oral History, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2001.


Bios – Zeitschrift fur Biographieforschung, Oral History und Lebensverlaufsanalysen [Germany], vol. 1 1988–

História Oral, [Brazil] vol.1 June 1998–

Historia y Fuente Oral, [Spain] no. 1 1989–

International Journal of Oral History, vol. 1 1980–1990

International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories, vol. 1 1993–vol. 4 1996

Life Stories/Recits de Vie, [UK/France] no. 1 1985–no. 5 1989

Oral History, [UK] vol. 1 no. 1 1969–

Oral History Association of Australia Journal, no. 1 1978–

The Oral History Forum (formerly the Canadian Oral History Association Journal), vol. 1 1975/6–

Oral History in New Zealand, vol. 1 1988–

Oral History Review, [USA] no. 1 1973–

Voces Recobradas, [Argentina] no. 1, 1998–

Words and Silences / Palabras y Silencios, [International] no. 1 1997–



Key studies Using Oral History

Amin, S., Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1995.

Bozzoli, B. with Nkotsoe, M., Women of Phokeng: Consciousness, Life Strategy and Migrancy in South Africa, 1900-1983, London, James Currey, 1991.

Broadfoot, B., Ten Lost Years 1929-1939: Memories of Canadians Who Survived the Depression, Toronto, Doubleday, 1973.

Caplan, P., African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a Swahili Village, London, Routledge, 1997.

Cruikshank, J., The Social Life of Stories: Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1998.

Field, S., Lost Communities, Living Memories: Remembering Forced Removals in Cape Town, Cape Town, David Philip, 2001.

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

Fyfe, J., The Matriarchs: A Generation of New Zealand Women Talk to Judith Fyfe, Auckland, Penguin, 1990.

Genovese, E., Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made, New York, Pantheon, 1974.

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

Gluck, S.B., Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Women, the War, and Social Change, Boston, Twayne, 1987.

Greenspan, H., On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History, Westport, CT, Praeger, 1998.

Haley, A., Roots, London, Hutchinson, 1977.

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

Hareven, T., Family Time and Industrial Time: The Relationship Between the Family and Work in a New England Industrial Community, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Hinton, W., Shenfan: The Continuing Revolution in a Chinese Village, London, Secker and Warburg, 1983.

Hofmeyer, I., ‘We spend our years as a tale that is told’: Oral Historical Narrative in a South African Chiefdom, London, James Currey, 1993.

James, D., Doña María’s Story: Life History, Memory and Political Identity, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2000.

Kay, B., (ed.), Odyssey: Voices from Scotland’s Recent Past, two volumes, Edinburgh, Polygon, 1980/1982.

Kennedy, E.L. and Davis, M., Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community, New York, Routledge, 1993.

Langer, L., Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory, New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 1991.

Lanzmann, C., Shoah: An Oral History of the Holocaust, New York, Pantheon, 1985.

Lowenstein, W., Weevils in the Flour: An Oral Record of the 1930s Depression in Australia, Melbourne, Hyland House, 1978.

Maloof, J., Voices of Resistance: Testimonies of Cuban and Chilean Women, Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 1999.

Parker, T., The People of Providence: A Housing Estate and Some of its Inhabitants, Hutchinson, 1983.

Portelli, A., The Order Has been Carried Out: History, Memory, and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Passerini, L., Fascism in Popular Memory: The Cultural Experience of the Turin Working Class, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1987.

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

Roseman, M., The Past in Hiding, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 2000.

Rosengarten, T., All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, New York, Knopf, 1971.

Summerfield, P., Reconstructing Women’s Wartime Lives, Manchester, 
Manchester University Press, 1998.

Terkel, S., Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, New York, Pantheon, 1970.

Thomson, A., Anzac Memories: Living With the Legend, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Van Onselen, C., The Seed is Mine: The Life of Kas Maine, a South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985, New York, Hill and Wang, 1996.

Wigginton, E., Sometimes a Shining Moment: The Foxfire Experience, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1985.

Zhang, X. and Ye, S., Chinese Lives, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1989.