Oral History Workshop. History 300B March 9, 2009. Center for Oral & Public History California State University, Fullerton http://coph.fullerton.edu/ . 9/11, war . Event Evidence Survival Repositories Access. Newspapers, diaries, photographs. Fires, floods, thrown away.
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March 9, 2009
California State University, Fullerton
Newspapers, diaries, photographs
Fires, floods, thrown away
Archives, libraries, museums, person collections
Must be available
Valerie Yow: Oral history is the recording of personal testimony delivered in oral form.
Donald Ritchie: collection of spoken memories and personal commentaries of historical significance through recorded interviews.
From Internet (Answers.com): Historical information, usually tape-recorded or videotaped, obtained in interviews with persons having firsthand knowledge.
Terms often used interchangeably with oral history: self-report, personal narrative, life story, memoir, life testament.
Other terms used: life history, recorded memories, life review. (implies someone else involved)
(we’ll talk about these a little bit more as they appear in the packet.)
What do you remember about your grandparents?
What was your grandfather’s name?
What kind of reception did the Cambodians receive when they moved into town?
Was there prejudice against Cambodians moving to your town?