Offline Resources

The usage, creation, and history of oral history materials.

Oral History Books / Curricula for Teachers

  • Brown, Cynthia Stokes. Like it Was: A Complete Guide to Writing Oral History. New York, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1988.
    A how-to guide written by a teacher who won an American Book Award for her work in oral history. The best guidance is the author's ideas on developing quality interview questions and using oral history to inspire other forms of writing. Advice on equipment and technical aspects are dated.
  • Lanman, Barry A. and Wielding, Laura M. Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education. Altamira Press, 2006.
    This anthology includes articles about teaching oral history from elementary school to the university level. The articles are written by the teachers who conducted the oral history projects and provide both success stories and cautionary tales of approaching oral history in the classroom.
  • Ritchie, Donald A. Doing Oral History. Oxford University Press, 2003.
    This book is a definitive step-by-step guide that provides advice and explanations on how to create recordings The author explores all aspects of oral history, from starting an oral history project, including funding, staffing, and equipment, to conducting interviews; publishing; videotaping; preserving materials; and teaching oral history. In chapter seven, he specifically addresses the rationales for teaching oral history to elementary and secondary students.
  • Whitman, Glenn. Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History. Altamira Press, 2004.
    This text written by a history teacher who has successfully incorporated oral history in his teaching for since 1991, offers very practical tips on how to conduct oral history interviews and lists of ways to connect the oral histories to the community. The author also outlines how the oral history process meets education standards and theories such as Multiple Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy and Habits of Mind.
  • Wood, Linda P. Oral History Projects in Your Classroom. Oral History Association, 2001.
    This curriculum guide explains how to develop and conduct an oral history project. It provides many useful guidelines and forms the students can use, from a sample letter to a potential interviewee to tips on how to interview, and charts for keeping track of the interview equipment. Synopses of oral history student projects are provided through out the text, which is written in a dense paragraph format, not a lesson plan outline.
  • Writing Resource Activities Kit: Ready-To-Use Worksheets and Enrichment Lessons for Grades 4-9 (Pamphlet Series / Oral History Association), Center for Applied Research in Education, 1989.

Books Based on Oral Histories for Students


  • Barbour, Karen. Mr. Williams. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2005.
  • Hazareesingh, Sandip. Penny Kenway, and Kelvin Simm. Speaking About the Past: Oral History for 5-7 Year Olds. Trentham Books, 1994
  • Weinberger, Kimberly and Tony Meers (Illustrator). Journey to a New Land: An Oral History. Mondo Publishing, 2000


  • Bruchac, Joseph. Lasting Echoes : An Oral History Of Native American People. Assemblage and painting by Paul Morin. San Diego: Silver Whistle, 1997.
  • Cummings, Pat. Talking With Artists. Vol. 3. New York: Clarion Books, 1999.
  • Hoose, Phillip. We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux., 2001 (not based on oral histories, but uses primary source materials and a great way to engage students in history.)
  • Lawlor Veronica. Foreword by Rudolph W. Giuliani. I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project.New York: Puffin; 1997.
  • Lidz, Richard. Many Kinds Of Courage: An Oral History Of World War II. New York: Putnam, 1980.
  • Marshall, Kathryn. In The Combat Zone : An Oral History Of American Women In Vietnam, 1966-1975. New York: Little Brown and Company. 1987.
  • McKee, Timothy. No More Strangers Now: Young Voices From a New South Africa. New York: Sagebrush, 2001.
  • New Kids In Town: Oral Histories Of Immigrant Teens. Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition: 1991.
  • Nieuwsma, Milton J. editor. Kinderlager: An Oral History Of Young Holocaust Survivors. New York : Holiday House, 1998.
  • Santoli, Al, editor. Everything We Had: An Oral History Of The Vietnam War By Thirty-Three American Soldiers Who Fought It. New York : Random House, 1981.


  • Fricke, Jim and Charlie Ahearn. Yes Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop's First Decade. Seattle: Experience Music Project, 2002.
  • Heylin, Clinto. From the Velvets to the Voidoids: A Pre-Punk History for a Post-Punk World. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.
  • Kitts, Jeff and Brad Tolinski and Harold Steinblatt, editors. Guitar World Presents Kiss, in their Own Words. Wayne, NJ: Music Content Developers, 1997.
  • Marsh, Carole. Out Of The Mouths Of Slaves: African American Oral History (Black Jazz, Pizazz & Razzmatazz). Gallopade International: 2002.
  • Sullivan, Denis. Talk About The Passion: R.E.M., An Oral History. Lancaster, PA: Underwood-Miller/Charles F. Miller, 1994.
  • Whitall, Susan. Women of Motown: An Oral History. (For the Record Series, edited by Dave Marsh), New York: Avon Books, 1998.