Oral History Resources

The Center for Oral History invites fellow practitioners to explore resources we have developed and connect with organizations that have influenced our work. 

Our Materials

Oral History Training Seminar Presentation (PPT) and Handouts (PDF)
Our program follows specific guidelines and procedures for conducting, recording, processing, and preserving oral histories and provides details about the equipment we use. This is the general presentation we use for training people in the practice of oral history.

Release Forms (PDF)
Includes Preliminary Release Form, Final Release Form, Permission to Post Completed Transcript, and Work for Hire Agreements (PDF).

Formatting and Style Guide (coming soon)
Our guidelines for transcribing, editing, and publishing oral history interviews.

Professional Organizations

Oral History Association (OHA)
OHA was established in 1966. It seeks to bring together people interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting human memories to foster knowledge and human dignity. OHA has an international membership and serves a broad and diverse audience. It provides professional guidance and a collegial environment for local historians, librarians and archivists, students, journalists, teachers, and academic scholars from many fields.

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)
OHMAR is the place to start for those interested in putting together an oral history project, honing interviewing methods, communicating with professional interviewers, or learning the technical skills needed to present and preserve oral-history sessions. This regional association brings together experts and neophytes from among the ranks of archivists, historians, journalists, librarians, political scientists, sociologists, and others involved with the process of oral history.

International Oral History Association (IOHA)
IOHA provides a forum for oral historians around the world and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation and interpretation of human experience. IOHA stimulates research that uses the techniques of oral history and promotes the development of standards and principles for the collection and preservation of oral histories. It seeks to foster a better understanding of the democratic nature and value of oral history worldwide.

History of Science Society (HSS)
HSS is the world’s largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in a historical context. Over 3,000 individual and institutional members around the world support the society’s mission to foster interest in the history of science and its social and cultural relations.

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
SHOT, an interdisciplinary organization, is concerned not only with the history of technological devices and processes but also with technology in history—that is, the relationship of technology to politics, economics, science, the arts, and the organization of production, and with the role it plays in the differentiation of individuals in society. It is also concerned with interpretive flexibility, the conception that beliefs about whether a technology “works” are contingent on the expectations, needs, and ideologies of those who interact with it.

Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM)
Since its inaugural meeting in 1970, SSHM has pioneered interdisciplinary approaches to the history of health, welfare, medical science, and practice. Its membership consists of those interested in a variety of disciplines, including history, public health, demography, anthropology, sociology, social administration, and health economics.

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
4S exists to facilitate communication across conventional boundaries that separate the disciplines and across national boundaries that separate scholars. The society includes scholars in sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, economics, and psychology; areas of study that fall outside of the traditional academic disciplines, such as feminist studies and cultural studies, as well as those addressing science and technology for the public; studies of knowledge, policy, R&D, and the development and use of specific technologies; working scientists and engineers interested in the social aspects of their fields; and members of the public who have an interest in the way that science and technology affect their lives.