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Doing Oral History Paperback – August 7, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0195154344 ISBN-10: 0195154347 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (August 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195154347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195154344
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A comprehensive handbook on the theory, methods, and practice of oral history, based on work by the Oral History Association to revise its professional standards and principles."--Book News, Inc. (on a previous edition)

About the Author

Donald A. Ritchie is Associate Historian in the United States Senate Historical Office, where he conducts an oral history program. A former president of the Oral History Association, he has served on the council of the American Historical Association, and chaired the Organization of American Historians' committee on research and access to historical documentation. He has conducted many oral history workshops, and for ten years, he edited the Twayne oral history series.

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Customer Reviews

This book is a great guide to oral history.
John Reosti
Having had the honor to meet Don in person, his writing style is just like him.
Murem
Great A to Z step by step guide to the process.
AZ

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "reday000" on June 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Ritchie covers the topic like a blanket. Everything from how to manage one's collection and stay out of legal trouble with the interviewee (and anyone you may discuss); down to remembering to punch out the little tabs on the back of each cassette in order to prevent accidental erasure.
This is a very complete and very practical guide to the processes and thinking of our country's oral historians from an author who's been in the middle of some pretty interesting stories.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Fountain on October 20, 2006
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This book delivers on what it promises. Beware, however, that while the author addresses interviews conducted by individual researchers, the book isn't much good for people looking to do that sort of work. Oral history is a more specific kind of work than what your ninth grade history teacher may have led you to believe (go figure!). I still think that a chapter addressing interview techniques would have been appropriate in the structure of the whole book. As it is, the text is written in q&a format, which annoyed me slightly, but it serves.

Verdict: useful for anyone looking to do oral history per se and wanting a guide to the various theoretical and practical issues involved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Baumann on August 8, 2008
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We first heard about this book on the radio back in early 1990s...it is a marvelous tool to guide an interview of grandparent or parent, or even self, to record one's memories and family history. The book provided a concise outline to follow so that family history, stories, and memories can be passed down on DVD or CD. We have used it with our parents and given copies to siblings and grandchildren, and learned the benefit following the passing of a loved one - priceless! We even plan to do ourselves for our children. Probably the best and most unique legacy to leave!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Wayne Cooper on July 25, 2013
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A little dated because of changes in recording technology and editing. A lot of sections not applicable to the hobbyist who is interested in interviewing family and friends. Not much said about preservation and restoration of recording media. Overall, a book that has no competition in its particular field. I find it very valuable and am happy I purchased it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 2, 2014
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I got this book for the first time I was in a Gaming Law class. Professor Ritchie is an excellent teacher and I found this book helpful. I bought a second copy, this time on the kindle. If you are learning to interview people, this book is a real asset.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murem on August 29, 2013
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Don Ritchie, now the senior Historian for the United States Senate, wrote this user-friendly and highly informative guide for, indeed, doing oral history. It is written in a way that anyone from a novice to a pro can understand what to do and how to do it. Having had the honor to meet Don in person, his writing style is just like him. Don speaks clearly, professionally, and with a great sense of humor. He is a master storyteller, of course. I hope he writes an update to the book, since technologies for recording and sharing oral histories change regularly. For example, the Evoca voice recording service offers several ways to record, save and share interviews digitally, whether in person, on the phone, or when using Skype. I also hope he writes a book about his own experiences in the U.S. Senate over the decades he has been capturing the histories of Senators and staff members.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AZ on March 10, 2013
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I take this book with me into the field whenever I am doing an Oral History project, and train people in by company by having them first read this book. Great A to Z step by step guide to the process.
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