information on a specific topic? Do searches return useful citations? Does the sitetell you where the individual interviews are archived and if they are available tousers? How good are the interviews? Are they interesting, rich, full, substantive,etc.? Do they contain unique information, unavailable elsewhere? Overall, whatdid you learn from the interviews? Are there things you wish the site wouldinclude or “do” that are not available?Selected BibliographyColes, Robert. Doing Documentary Work.New York: Oxford University Press,1997.Reflective essays on the ethics and dilemmas of documenting other people’slives.Dunaway, David K. and Willa K. Baum, eds. Oral History: An InterdisciplinaryReader, 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publishers, 1996.An anthology of important early articles that attempted to deepen understandingof both interviewing methodology and the interpretive complexity of oralnarratives.Frisch, Michael. A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral andPublic History. Albany: SUNY Press, 1991.A collection of Frisch’s previously published essays; a singularly thoughtfuleffort to understand the relationship between the practice of oral history and thepolitics of public memory.Gluck, Sherna and Daphne Patai, eds. Women's Words: The Feminist Practice ofOral History. New York: Praeger, 1991.Important, albeit uneven, efforts to link oral history to the theory and practice offeminism and feminist studies.Grele, Ronald. Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History, 2nd ed. New York:Praeger, 1991.Theoretically informed essays on, among other things, oral history interviews asexpressions of ideology and consciousness.__________. “On Using Oral History Collections: An Introduction.” Journal ofAmerican History74:2 (September 1987): 570-578.A good discussion of the strengths and limits of oral history as a historicalsource.
Linda Shopes, “Making Sense of Oral History,” page 22Hardy III, Charles and Alessandro Portelli. “I Can Almost See the Lights ofHome—A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky.” The Journal of MultimediaHistory2 (1999).A successful effort at “aural history” that integrates oral history interviews,written transcripts, and oral and written commentary by the authors into acoherent essay; available only online at.Jackson, Bruce. Fieldwork. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.Interviewing methodology from a folklore perspective; especially good ontechnical matters.Jeffrey, Jaclyn and Glenace Edwall, eds. Memory and History: Essays on RecallingandInterpreting Experience. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1991.Proceedings from a 1988 conference sponsored by Baylor University’s Institutefor Oral History, bringing together oral historians and cognitive psychologists toexamine both individual and collective memory.Journal of American History.Since 1987, the September issue of the journal has included a section of essays onoral history; typically, each essay identifies ways oral history interviews canenrich historical study of a given topic (e.g. the civil rights movement, education,farm women, etc.) and identifies important extant collections related to thattopic.