How can oral history be used?


The OHAA encourages oral historians to deposit their tapes into a state, local or national repository where they can be made available to other researchers. There are many ways in which oral history can be used. Some are:

  • Quotations and information from interviews are used in publications – books, theses, reports, essays, magazine articles and on websites.
  • Excerpts from interviews, in written or sound format can be used in exhibitions and museum displays.
  • Excerpts from recordings are broadcast on radio and television or can be used as sound bytes on websites.
  • Oral history excerpts can be used as part of audio walking tours or as dialogue in plays.
  • Oral history methodology can be used in schools as a way to make the study of history feel more relevant to young people who can have interactive study by talking about the past with a member of their community.