The Oral History Handbook is the bible for oral historians. First published by the South Australian Branch of the Oral History Association in 1983, it has been in print ever since, and is well established as the national standard.  The latest edition has information about digital recorders.  The author draws on more than 25 years’ experience of practising and teaching oral history techniques and preserving sound recordings.  There are chapters on:

Handbook fifth edition
  • Introducing Oral History
  • Preparing for the Interview
  • Copyright and Oral History
  • Developing Questionnaires
  • Recording Equipment
  • Digital Recording Standards
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Summaries and Transcripts
  • Funding for Oral History
  • Guidelines of Ethical Practice
  • Commissioning Oral History
  • Recommended Reading

Product details

Author: Beth M Robertson

Format: A4 size, stiff paperback, 112 pages, illustrations

Publication date: Fifth Edition, fifth impression, 2013

Publisher: Oral History Australia SA/NT

ISBN: 0646454447


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The price of the handbook is:
$28 for OHA members (plus $6.50 postage & handling within Australia for single copies)
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