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The Oral History Manual

Sommer, Barbara W. and Mary Kay Quinlan

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ISBN 10: 0759101000 / ISBN 13: 9780759101005
Published by AltaMira Press / Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Walnut Creek, Calif, 2002
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Black boards, gilt letters on spine, 129 pp., BW illus. Series: American Association for State and Local History Book Series. "This manual will take would-be oral historians systematically through the proess of collecting oral histories, breaking the process down into steps that, if followed, will help assure a successful project." (p. vii) Includes a variety of worksheets and helpful guidance. VG (No dj; bookplate & few marks from previous art-library owner.). Bookseller Inventory # 139777

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Title: The Oral History Manual

Publisher: AltaMira Press / Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Walnut Creek, Calif

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

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In The Oral History Manual, Barbara Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan have designed a guide to help anyone interested in doing oral history research "think like an oral historian." Written with direct, clear language, the manual offers step-by-step instructions, checklists, full-size reproducible forms, sample planning documents, project descriptions and summary sheets, sample materials, and extensive illustrations to help guide readers in taking ideas for an oral history project and turning them into a successful format.

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Barbara W. Sommer has spent her career in the field of public history. She helped develop a regional archives in Minnesota and directed a historical organization that won state and national recognition for its work. She has been an oral historian for more than twenty-five years, serving as director or co-director for numerous oral history projects, leading oral history workshops and making presentations, and she is a founder of the Oral History Association of Minnesota. She served as a reviewer for the Bush Foundation on its first Native American oral history proposal, and was appointed liaison for the Oral History Association to the American Association for State and Local History. She is the owner of BWS Associates, an oral history consulting firm. Sommer holds a B.A. from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Mary Kay Quinlan, Ph.D., freelance journalist and oral historian, is editor of the Oral History Association Newsletter and has been active in regional and national oral history activities for many years. She was a Washington correspondent for the Omaha World-Herald and Gannett News Service for fifteen years and has taught graduate and undergraduate journalism courses. Quinlan has conducted oral history workshops, presented at regional and national conferences, and has been an NEH peer reviewer for oral history project proposals. Quinlan holds a B.A. with high distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland.

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