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Oral History Series: Doing Oral History Paperback – October 27, 1994

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"For my money, the best how-to-do-it manual has been Donald A. Ritchie's Doing Oral History...[now] in a new edition." -- Brien R. Williams, American Red Cross, The Public Historian


"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)


"This book needs to be on every oral historian's shelf." --Northwest Oral History Association


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The emphasis is on doing in this thorough guide to oral history theory, methods, and practice.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oral History Series (Book 15)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Twayne Publishers; 1 edition (October 27, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805791280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805791280
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,762,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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