Oral history: a bibliography

Oral History: a bibliography

Here is some further reading about oral history and the work of oral historians. 


Bauman, R. (ed), Folklore, Cultural Performances, and Popular Entertainments: a Communication-centred Handbook, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992.

Bergen, T., Transcribing Oral History, London, Routledge, 2019.

Bryson, A. and McConville, S., The Routledge Guide to Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry and Investigation, London, Routledge, 2014.

Charlton, T.L., Myers, L.E. and Sharpless, R. (eds), Handbook of Oral History, Lanham, Alta Mira Press, 2006.

Chew, D. (ed), Memories and Reflections: The Singapore Experience – Documenting a Nation’s History Through Oral History, Singapore, Oral History Centre, National Archives of Singapore, 2007.

Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, Y.S. (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2005.

Hays, P., Speak for Yourself, Namibia, Longman, 1992.

Hutching, M., Talking History: A Short Guide to Oral History, Wellington, New Zealand, Bridget Williams Books/Historical Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs, 1993.

MacKay, N., Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive, London, Routledge, second edition 2015.

MacKay, N., Quinlan, M, and Sommer, B., Community Oral History Toolkit, five volumes, Routledge, 2013.

Matters, M., Oral History Cataloguing Manual, Chicago, Society of American Archivists, 1995.

Neuenschwander, J., A Guide to Oral History and the Law, second edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Perks, R., Oral History: An Annotated Bibliography, London, British Library National Sound Archive, 1990.

Perks, R., Oral History: Talking About the Past, second edition, London, Historical Association, 1995.

Perks, R and Thomson, A (eds), The Oral History Reader, third edition, London, Routledge, 2016.

Ritchie, D.A., Doing Oral History, third edition, New York, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Ritchie, D.A. (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Oral History, New York, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Robertson, B., Oral History Handbook, fifth edition, Adelaide, Oral History Association of Australia (South Australia Branch), 2013. 

Taylor, P., Telling It Like It Was: A Guide to Making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies, 1996.

Thompson, P. with Bornat, J., The Voice of the Past: Oral History, fourth edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Wilton, J., Oral History in Australia: A List, Sydney, Oral History Association of Australia (NSW Branch), 1996.

Yow, V.R., Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences, third edition, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014.

Zusman, A., Story Bridges: A Guide to Conducting Intergenerational Oral History Projects, Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press, 2011.


Abrams, L., Oral History Theory, second edition, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016.

Adler, N., Leydesdorff, S.,  Chamberlain, C. and Neyzi, L. (eds), Memories of Mass Repression: Narrating Life Stories in the Aftermath of Atrocity, New Brunswick, Transaction, 2009.

Armitage, S. H. with Hart, P. and Weatherman, K. (eds), Women’s Oral History: The Frontiers Reader, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

Attwood, B. and Magowan, F. (eds), Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand, Crows Nest, NSW, Allen & Unwin, 2001

Benmayor, R., Cardenal de la Nuez, M. E. and Dominguez Prats, P. (eds), Memory, Subjectivities and Representation: Approaches to Oral History in Latin America, Portugal, and Spain, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Bertaux, D. (ed.), Biography and Society: The Life History Approach in the Social Sciences, London, Sage, 1981.

Bornat, J., (ed.), Reminiscence Reviewed: Perspectives, Evaluations, Achievements, Buckingham, Open University Press, 1994.

Bornat, J., Perks, R., Thompson, P. and Walmsley, J (eds), Oral History, Health and Welfare, London, Routledge, 2000.

Boyd, D.A and Larson, M.A. (eds), Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access and Engagement, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 

Boyd, N.A. and Ramirez, H.N.R, (eds), Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History, Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Caruth, C. (ed), Trauma: Explorations in Memory, Baltimore, Maryland, John Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Cave, M. and Sloan, S.M. (eds), Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 

Chamberlain, M. and Thompson, P. (eds), Narrative and Genre: Contexts and Types of Communication, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2004 (previously published by Routledge, 1998).

Coleman, P., Koleva, D., and Bornat, J., (eds) Ageing, Ritual and Social Changecomparing the secular and the religious in Eastern and Western Europe, Farnham: Ashgate, 2013.

Darian-Smith, K. and Hamilton, P., (eds), Memory and History in Twentieth Century Australia, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Denis, P. and  Ntsimane, R. (eds), Oral History in a Wounded Country: Interactive Interviewing in South Africa, Durban, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008.

Draaisma, D., Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older: How Memory Shapes Our Past, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Dunaway, D. and Baum, W. (eds), Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, second edition, London, Altamira Press, 1996.

Evans, G.E., Spoken History, London, Faber, 1987.

Ferreira, M..M. and Janaina, A., (eds), Usos & Abusos da Historia Oral, Rio de Janeiro, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, 1996.

Field, S., Oral History, Community and Displacement: Imagining Memories in Post-Apartheid South Africa, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Freund, A. and Thomson, A. (eds), Oral History and Photography, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Frisch, M., A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History, Albany, SUNY Press, 1990.

Gluck, S.B. and Patai, D. (eds), Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History, London, Routledge, 1991.

Green, A. and Hutching, M. (eds), Remembering: Writing Oral History, Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2004.

Grele, R. (ed.), Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History, second edition, Chicago, Precedent, 1985.

Hamilton, P. and Shopes, L. (eds), Oral History and Public Memories, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.

Huen, P.L.P., Morrison, J.H. and Guan K.C. (eds), Oral History in Southeast Asia: Theory and Method, Singapore, National Archives of Singapore and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1998.

Ilic, M. and Leinarte, D. (eds), The Soviet Past in the Post-Socialist Present: Methodology and Ethics in Russian, Baltic and Central European Oral History and Memory Studies, London, Routledge, 2016.

Jeffrey, J. and Edwall, G. (eds), Memory and History: Essays on Recalling and Interpreting Experience, Lanham, MD, University Press of America, 1994.

Lee, D. and Newfont, K (eds), The Land Speaks: New Voices at the Intersection of Oral and Environmental History, New York, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Llewellyn, K. R., Freund, A. and Reilly, N. (eds), The Canadian Oral History Reader, Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.

Loh, K.S., Koh, E. and Dobbs, S (eds), Oral History in Southeast Asian: Memories and Fragments, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Lummis, T., Listening to History: The Authenticity of Oral Evidence, London, Hutchinson, 1987.

McMahan, E., Elite Oral History Discourse: A Study of Cooperation and Coherence, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press, 1989.

McMahan, E. and Rogers, K.L. (eds), Interactive Oral History Interviewing, Hillsdale, New Jersey, Erlbaum, 1994.

Mahuika, N., Rethinking Oral History and Tradition: An Indigenous Perspective, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019.

Meihy, J.C.S.B. (ed.), (Re)introduzindo a História Oral no Brasil, São Paulo, Xamã, 1996.

Myers, L.E., Sharpless R and Carlton, T.L., Research Handbook for Oral History, Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.

Passerini, L. (ed.), International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories, vol. I, Memory and Totalitarianism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992.

Personal Narratives Group (eds), Interpreting Women’s Lives: Feminist Theory and Personal Narratives, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1989.

Plummer, K., Documents of Life 2: An Invitation to Critical Humanism, London: Sage, 2001.

Pollock, D. (ed), Remembering: Oral History Performance, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Portelli, A., The Battle of Valle Giulia: Oral History and the Art of Dialogue, University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Portelli, A., The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History, Albany, SUNY Press, 1991.

Radstone, S. (ed), Memory and Methodology, Oxford, Berg, 2000.

Radstone, S. and Schwarz, B. (eds), Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates, New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.

Rogers, K.L., Leydesdorff, S. and Dawson, G. (eds), Trauma and Life Stories: International Perspectives, London, Routledge, 1999.

Samuel, R. and Thompson, P. (eds), The Myths We Live By, London, Routledge, 1990.

Sandino, L. and Partington, M. (eds), Oral History in the Visual Arts, London, Bloomsbury, 2013.

Schneider, W. (ed), Living with Stories: Telling, Retelling, and Remembering, Logan, Utah, Utah State University Press, 2008.

Schneider, W., So They Understand: Cultural Issues in Oral History, Logan, Utah, Utah State University Press, 2002.

Schwarzstein, D. (ed.), La Historia Oral, Buenos Aires, Centro Editorial de America Latina, 1991.

Seldon, A. and Pappworth, J., By Word of Mouth: Elite Oral History, London, Methuen, 1983.

Sheftel, A. and Zembrzycki, S. (eds), Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 

Srigley, K., Zembrzycki, S. and Iacovetta, F. (eds), Beyond Women’s Words
Feminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century
, London, Routledge, 2018.

Stead, N., Gosseye, J. and Van der Plaat, D., (eds), Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research, Princeton, NJ, Princeton Architectural Press, 2019.

Stricklin D. and Sharpless, R. (eds), The Past Meets the Present: Essays on Oral History, Lanham, MD, University Press of America, 1988.

Summerskill, C., Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories, London, Routledge, 2021.

Thompson, P. and Burchardt, N. (eds), Our Common History: The Transformation of Europe, London, Pluto, 1982.

Tonkin, E., Narrating Our Pasts: The Social Construction of Oral History, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Trower, S. (ed), Place, Writing and Voice in Oral History,  New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011,

Tumblety, J. (ed), Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject, Abingdon, Routledge, 2013.

Vanek, M., Around the Globe: Rethinking Oral History with its Protagonists, Prague, Karolinum Press, 2013.

Vansina, J., Oral Tradition: A Study in Historical Methodology, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1965. 

White, L., Miescher, S.F. and Cohen, D.W. (eds), African Words, African Voices: Critical Practices in Oral History, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2001.


Bios – Zeitschrift fur Biographieforschung, Oral History und Lebensverlaufsanalysen [Germany], vol. 1 1988–

História Oral, [Brazil] vol.1 June 1998–

Historia y Fuente Oral, [Spain] no. 1 1989–

International Journal of Oral History, vol. 1 1980–1990

International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories, vol. 1 1993–vol. 4 1996

Life Stories/Recits de Vie, [UK/France] no. 1 1985–no. 5 1989

Oral History, [UK] vol. 1 no. 1 1969–

Oral History Australia Journal (formerly the Oral History Association of Australia Journal), no. 1 1978–

Oral History Forum d’Histoire Orale (formerly the Canadian Oral History Association Journal), vol. 1 1975/6–

Oral History in New Zealand, vol. 1 1988–

Oral History Review, [USA] no. 1 1973–

Voces Recobradas, [Argentina] no. 1, 1998–

Words and Silences / Palabras y Silencios, [International] no. 1 1997– 


Amin, S., Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1995.

Ashplant, T.G., Dawson, G. and Roper, M. (eds), The Politics of War Memory and Commemoration, London, Routledge, 2000.

Baker, A., Voices of Resistance: Oral Histories of Moroccan Women, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998.

Bennett, O. and McDowell, C, Displaced: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Bozzoli, B. with Nkotsoe, M., Women of Phokeng: Consciousness, Life Strategy and Migrancy in South Africa, 1900-1983, London, James Currey, 1991.

Broadfoot, B., Ten Lost Years 1929-1939: Memories of Canadians Who Survived the Depression, Toronto, Doubleday, 1973.

Browning, C. R., Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp, New York, W.W. Norton, 2010.

Butalia, U., The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India, New Delhi: Penguin, 1998.

Caplan, P., African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a Swahili Village, London, Routledge, 1997.

Chamberlayne, P., Bornat, J. and Wengraf, T., The Turn to  Biographical Methods in Social Science, London: Routledge, 2000.

Cruikshank, J., The Social Life of Stories: Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1998.

Danforth, L.M. and Van Boeschoten, R., Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Dawson, G., Making Peace with the Past: Memory, Trauma and the Irish Troubles, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007.

Dodd, L., French Children Under the Allied Bombs, 1940-1945: An Oral History, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.

Field, S., Lost Communities, Living Memories: Remembering Forced Removals in Cape Town, Cape Town, David Philip, 2001.

Field, S., Meyer, R. and Swanson, F., Imagining the City: Memories and Cultures in Cape Town, Cape Town: HSRC Press, 2007.

Figes, O., The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, London: Allen Lane, 2007.

Finnegan, R., The Oral and Beyond: Doing Things With Words in Africa, Oxford, James Currey, 2007.

Fisher, K., Birth Control, Sex, and Marriage in Britain, 1918-60, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006.

Fraser, R., Blood of Spain: The Experience of Civil War 1936-9, London, Allen Lane, 1979.

Fyfe, J., The Matriarchs: A Generation of New Zealand Women Talk to Judith Fyfe, Auckland, Penguin, 1990.

Genovese, E., Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made, New York, Pantheon, 1974.

Glassie, H., Passing the Time in Ballymenone: Folklore and History of an Ulster Community, Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1982.

Gluck, S.B., Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Women, the War, and Social Change, Boston, Twayne, 1987.

Greenspan, H., On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History, Westport, CT, Praeger, 1998.

Haley, A., Roots, London, Hutchinson, 1977.

Hammerton, A.J. and Thomson, A., Ten Pound Poms: Australia’s Invisible Migrants, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2005.

Hareven, T., Family Time and Industrial Time: The Relationship Between the Family and Work in a New England Industrial Community, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1982.

High, S. and Lewis, D., Corporate Wasteland: the Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialisation, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.

High, S., Little, E. and Duong, T.R. (eds), Remembering Mass Violence: Oral History, New Media and Performance, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Hinton, W., Shenfan: The Continuing Revolution in a Chinese Village, London, Secker and Warburg, 1983.

Hofmeyer, I., ‘We spend our years as a tale that is told’: Oral Historical Narrative in a South African Chiefdom, London, James Currey, 1993.

James, D., Doña María’s Story: Life History, Memory and Political Identity, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2000.

Jessee, E., Negotiating Genocide in Rwanda: The Politics of History, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Jolly, M., Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-present, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019.

Kaur, R., Since 1947: Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007.

Kay, B., (ed.), Odyssey: Voices from Scotland’s Recent Past, two volumes, Edinburgh, Polygon, 1980/1982.

Kennedy, E.L. and Davis, M., Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community, New York, Routledge, 1993.

Kirk J. and Wall C., Work and Identity. Historical and Cultural Contexts, Basingstoke, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011.

Langellier. K.M. and Peterson, E.E., Storytelling in Daily Life: Performing Narrative, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2004.

Langer, L., Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory, New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 1991.

Lanzmann, C., Shoah: An Oral History of the Holocaust, New York, Pantheon, 1985.

Leydesdorff, S., Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: the Women of Srebrenica Speak, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.

Lowenstein, W., Weevils in the Flour: An Oral Record of the 1930s Depression in Australia, Melbourne, Hyland House, 1978.

Maloof, J., Voices of Resistance: Testimonies of Cuban and Chilean Women, Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 1999.

Mark, J., The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Matthäus, J., Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor: Holocaust Testimony and its Transformations, New York, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Miller, B. G., Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts, Vancouver, UBC Press, 2011.

Mukherjee, S., Surviving Bhopal: Dancing Bodies, Written Texts, and Oral Testimonials of Women in the Wake of an Industrial Disaster, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Nguyen, N.H.C., Memory is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora, Sanata Barbara, Praeger, 2009.

Parker, T., The People of Providence: A Housing Estate and Some of its Inhabitants, London, Hutchinson, 1983.

Passerini, L., Fascism in Popular Memory: The Cultural Experience of the Turin Working Class, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Portelli, A., The Order Has been Carried Out: History, Memory, and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Portelli, A., They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Portelli, A., Biography of an Industrial Town. Terni, Italy, 1831-2014, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Potter, C. B., and Romano, R. C. (eds), Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back, Athens, Georgia, University of Georgia Press, 2012.

Raychaudhuri, A., Narrating South Asian Partition: Oral History, Literature, Cinema, Oxford/New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2019.

Riley, R, Inside the Clinton White House: An Oral History, New York, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Roberts, E., A Woman’s Place: An Oral History of Working Class Women 1890–1940, Oxford, Blackwell, 1984.

Roseman, M., The Past in Hiding, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 2000.

Rosen, A., The Wonder of Their Voices. The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder, New York, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Rosengarten, T., All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, New York, Knopf, 1971.

Summerfield, P., Reconstructing Women’s Wartime Lives, Manchester, 

Manchester University Press, 1998.

Terkel, S., Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, New York, Pantheon, 1970.

Thomson, A., Anzac Memories: Living With the Legend, second edition, Clayton, Victoria, Monash University Publishing, 2013.

Thomson, A., Moving Stories: an Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011.

Thompson, P., with Wailey, T. and Lummis, T., Living the Fishing, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983.

Thompson, P., Plummer, K. and Demireva, N., Pioneering Social Research: Life Stories of a Generation, Bristol: Policy Press, 2021.

Valk, A. and Brown, L. (eds), Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Vanek, M. and Mücke, P., Velvet Revolutions: An Oral History of Czech Society, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Van Onselen, C., The Seed is Mine: The Life of Kas Maine, a South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985, New York, Hill and Wang, 1996.

Von Plato, A., Leh, A., and Thonfeld, C. (eds.), Hitler’s Slaves: Life Stories of Forced Labourers in Nazi-Occupied Europe, New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.

Wigginton, E., Sometimes a Shining Moment: The Foxfire Experience, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1985.

Xun, Z., Forgotten Voices of Mao’s Great Famine, 1958-1962: An Oral History, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Zhang, X. and Ye, S., Chinese Lives, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1989.

[Updated March 2022]

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