Resources For Teachers: Other Resources

Important resources for teachers:

Making Sense of Oral History - A teacher-friendly overview of oral histories and activities to use and analyze them.

The Value of Oral History - An article from LearnNC about the benefits of using oral history in the classroom.

Oral History Links and Resources - Resources from LearnNC for learning about, using, and creating oral histories with students.

Recent oral history projects:

Veterans History Project
Stories from U.S. Veterans from 20th-century wars from World War I through the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The site includes video-taped and recorded interviews, correspondence, and visual materials. Some of these projects are donated by family members, friends, and other volunteers, while others are recorded by professional folklorists.

Like a Family
A Southern Oral History project that combines oral interviews, images, and brief historical overviews to craft a rich picture of life in the early 1900s on the farm, then the cotton mill village.

Listening for a Change
The Southern Oral History Program has launched a statewide project to document unrecorded aspects of North Carolina's post-World War II history. Some of the sub-topics include race and desegregation in North Carolina schools, new immigrants and neighborhood change, and tobacco farming. The materials and outreach events of these projects vary in relation to the community, and how the project was conducted.

The Whole World Was Watching
High school students and Brown University produced this project in which 10th-grade students interviewed Rhode Islanders about the year 1968. The Web site contains transcripts, audio recordings, a timeline, and edited stories from the interviews.

Voices of Civil Rights
In the summer of 2004, journalists, photographers, and videographers toured the country for 70 days collecting thousands of stories from individuals who lived during the civil rights era of the 1940s-1960s. The project, Voices of Civil Rights, was a collaborative effort by the AARP, the Leadership Council on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress.

Oral history archives and societies:

Oral History Society

Oral History Association

Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project 1936-1940 - This collection from the Library of Congress provides online access to life histories recorded by writers who were hired as part of the Work Projects Administration between 1936 and 1940. You can search 2,900 documents for topics like slavery, occupation, the Depression, religion, and many others. You can also view the life histories by state.

Do it yourself:

Southern Oral History Project—How-to Manual

Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History - A "History Toolkit" provided by DoHistory, an educator's resource page developed by the Film Study Center at Harvard University.

Introduction to Oral History - This site, created by the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University, includes interviewing tips and interviewing do's and don'ts to share with students.

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