Recommended Reading

Here is a list of books and resources to help you discover and learn more about all aspects of oral history. The literature in the field is always expanding and this guide provides a small selection of key publications aimed at oral history beginners.


Lynn Abrams, Oral History Theory (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2016).

Douglas Boyd and Mary Larson, Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access and Engagement (Palgrave, 2014).

Anna Bryson and Seán McConville, The Routledge Guide to Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry and Investigation (Routledge, 2014).

Michael Frisch, A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History (SUNY Press, 1990).

Rob Perks and Alistair Thomson (eds.), The Oral History Reader (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2015).

Alessandro Portelli, The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History (SUNY Press, 1991)

Donald Ritchie, Doing Oral History (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2014).

Donald Ritchie (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Raphael Samuel and Paul Thompson, The Myths We Live By (Routledge, 1990).

Paul Thompson with Joanna Bornat, The Voice of the Past: Oral History (Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 2017).

Valerie Yow, Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Rowman and Littlefield, 3rd edition, 2014).

Journals such as Oral History and Oral History Review regularly publish articles on oral history methodology and practice alongside updates on recent projects.

University College Dublin (UCD) have produced a guide to interviewing – The Interview Process: A Guide to Best Practice for Research Projects. You can download a PDF copy of the guide from their website.