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Oral History

My experience in the field of oral history dates from the mid-1980s, when I worked with folklorists and labor historians on public radio series that made extensive use of oral testimony.  I have presented at national Oral History Association meetings, served as president of Ohio’s statewide oral history association, and published peer-reviewed articles on technical and theoretical issues.  For the last decade, I have been a member of the faculty team for the annual Oral History Institute at Kenyon College, Ohio; in 2009, we collaborated on Catching Stories, a practical guide to oral history published by the Ohio University Press.  I have conducted oral history workshops for the Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Humanities Council and other groups. 

Ohio University Press, 2009

Ohio University Press, 2009

Esau: A Case Study of the Challenges of Using Oral Testimony as Historical Evidence,”  Appalachian Studies Association, Huntington, WV, 2014

Review of A Practical Introduction to Videohistory: The Smithsonian Institution and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Experiment, Terri A. Schorzman, ed., The Oral History Review 24:1 (Spring 1997)

Review of Interactive Oral History Interviewing, Eva M. McMahan and Kim Lacy Rogers, eds., Journalism History 20:3–4 (1994)

"Who's in Charge?  Equipment and the Oral History Interview," Kentucky Oral History Commission Newsletter (June 1991)

"'We're Here To Take You Out!  Evictions of Lewis County, W. Va., Farmers for the Stonewall Jackson Dam: A Radio Documentary" (with Michael Kline and Hugh Rogers), The Oral History Review 15:2 (Fall 1987)

"Composing Visual Images for the Oral History Interview," International Journal of Oral History (November 1986)

"Digital Archive Storage for Oral History," International Journal of Oral History 10:1 (February 1989)

"Trade Journals and Conventions for Oral History Buyers," International Journal of Oral History 9:3 (November 1988).

Review of Fieldwork by Bruce Jackson, International Journal of  Oral History 9:2 (June 1988).    

"Oral History and the Film and Video Documentary," Oral History in Ohio, Columbus, May 1988.

"Microphones for Oral History," International Journal of Oral History 8:3 (November 1987).  Reprinted in materials published by the Canadian Council of Archives for oral history workshops.

"'We're Here To Take You Out!'  Evictions of Lewis County, W. Va., Farmers for the Stonewall Jackson Dam: A Radio Documentary" (with Michael Kline and Hugh Rogers), The Oral History Review 15:2 (Fall 1987)

Review of "Collecting, Using and Preserving Oral History in the National Park Service," International Journal of Oral History 8:2 (June 1987)

"Oral History Tapes: The Prospects for Preservation," International Journal of Oral History 8:1 (February 1987)

"Making Oral History Look Good: Visual Techniques for the Interview," Oral History Association, Long Beach, California, October 1986.

"Composing Visual Images for the Oral History Interview,"  International Journal of Oral History 7:3 (November 1986)

"Oral Historians and the Video Format Wars," International Journal of Oral History 7:2 (June 1986)