Oral history

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Oral history is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews.wikipedia
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Oral tradition

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The term is sometimes used in a more general sense to refer to any information about past events that people who experienced them tell anybody else, but professional historians usually consider this to be oral tradition.
In this way, it is possible for a society to transmit oral history, oral literature, oral law and other knowledge across generations without a writing system, or in parallel to a writing system.

Allan Nevins

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The modern concept of oral history was developed in the 1940s by Allan Nevins and his associates at Columbia University.
He was a leading exponent of business history and oral history.

Alessandro Portelli

Some oral historians now also account for the subjective memories of interviewees due to the research of Italian historian Alessandro Portelli and his associates.
In the United States he is best known for his oral history work, which has compared workers' accounts of industrial conflicts in Harlan County, Kentucky and Terni, Italy.

StoryCorps

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StoryCorps is one of the most well-known of these: following the model of the Federal Writers’ Project created as part of the Works Progress Administration, StoryCorps’ mission is to record the stories of Americans from all walks of life.
Another inspiration for the organization was oral historian Studs Terkel, who cut the ribbon at the opening of StoryCorps’ first recording booth in Grand Central Terminal.

Donald A. Ritchie

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In his book Doing Oral History, Donald Ritchie wrote that "oral history has room for both the academic and the layperson. With reasonable training... anyone can conduct a useable oral history."
As associate historian in the Senate Historical Office, beginning in 1976, Ritchie conducted oral history interviews with former senators and retired members of Senate staff as part of the Senate oral history project.

Virtual Museum of Soviet Repression in Belarus

Citizens' groups in Belarus use the methods of oral history and record narrative interviews on video: the Virtual Museum of Soviet Repression in Belarus presents a full Virtual museum with intense use of oral history.
The Virtual Museum of Soviet Repression in Belarus is a non-commercial project of oral history from historians and other scientists from Belarus.

Oral History Society

In Britain, the Oral History Society has played a key role in facilitating and developing the use of oral history.
As well as offering practical advice and support, the Society aims to raise standards in oral history practices across a range of activities and disciplines.

British Library Sound Archive

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The interview based recordings are held by the British Library Sound Archive in the oral history collection.

The 1947 Partition Archive

The 1947 Partition Archive was founded in 2010 by Guneeta Singe Bhalla, a physicist in Berkeley, California, who began conducting and recording interviews "to collect and preserve the stories of those who lived through this tumultuous time, to make sure this great human tragedy isn't forgotten."
The 1947 Partition Archive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit oral history organization in Berkeley, California and a registered trust in Delhi, India, that collects, preserves and shares firsthand accounts of the Partition of India in 1947.

Columbia Center for Oral History Research

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Located within Butler Library, Columbia University Center for Oral History Research is the oldest oral history program.

Oregon Historical Society

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Sinclair Kopp (2002) report on the Oregon Historical Society's program.
The Society's museum, archives and research library contains approximately 8.5 million feet of film and videotape, over 2.5 million photographs, 85,000 artifacts, 30,000 books, 25,000 maps, 16,000 rolls of microfilm, 12000 ft of documents, and oral history preserved in more than 8,400 hours of recordings covering over 2,100 interviews.

Genealogy

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Genealogy is a prominent subject in the area.

Interview

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Oral history is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews.

Archive

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Oral history also refers to information gathered in this manner and to a written work (published or unpublished) based on such data, often preserved in archives and large libraries.

Library

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Oral history also refers to information gathered in this manner and to a written work (published or unpublished) based on such data, often preserved in archives and large libraries.

Historian

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The term is sometimes used in a more general sense to refer to any information about past events that people who experienced them tell anybody else, but professional historians usually consider this to be oral tradition.

Herodotus

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In Western society, the use of oral material goes back to the early Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides, both of whom made extensive use of oral reports from witnesses.

Thucydides

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In Western society, the use of oral material goes back to the early Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides, both of whom made extensive use of oral reports from witnesses.

Internet

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For instance, oral historians have discovered the endless possibilities of posting data and information on the Internet, making them readily available to scholars, teachers, and average individuals.

Columbia Encyclopedia

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According to the Columbia Encyclopedia:, the accessibility of tape recorders in the 1960s and 1970s led to oral documentation of the era's movements and protests.

The Holocaust

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Following the Holocaust, there has emerged a rich tradition of oral history, particularly of Jewish survivors.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has an extensive archive of over 70,000 oral history interviews.

Federal Writers' Project

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StoryCorps is one of the most well-known of these: following the model of the Federal Writers’ Project created as part of the Works Progress Administration, StoryCorps’ mission is to record the stories of Americans from all walks of life.

Works Progress Administration

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StoryCorps is one of the most well-known of these: following the model of the Federal Writers’ Project created as part of the Works Progress Administration, StoryCorps’ mission is to record the stories of Americans from all walks of life.

Folklore

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Since the early 1970s, oral history in Britain has grown from being a method in folklore studies (see for example the work of the School of Scottish Studies in the 1950s) to becoming a key component in community histories.