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Public History at UMass Amherst

Massachusetts boasts a rich network of museums, archives, historical societies, documentary filmmakers, and historic preservation agencies, as well as one of the top public research universities in the nation. Since 1986, the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has provided a vital link between the University and the Commonwealth's wide variety of institutions that preserve and communicate history to the public.

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Oral History

Abrams, Lynn. Oral History Theory. London: Routledge, 2010.

Appy, Christian G. Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. New York: Viking, 2003.

Dunaway, David K., Willa K. Baum, and Allan Nevins, eds. Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: AltaMira Press, 1996.

Estes, Steve. Ask and Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Gluck, Sherna B., and Daphne Patai. Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History. London: Routledge, 1991.

Grele, Ronald. Envelopes of Sound. 2nd revised. Westport: Praeger, 1991.

Hamilton, Paula, and Linda Shopes. Oral History and Public Memories. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008.

James, Daniel. Dona Maria’s Story: Life History, Memory, and Political Identity. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2001.

MacKay, Nancy. Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2006.

Neuenschwander, John A. A Guide to Oral History and the Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Perks, Robert, and Alistair Thomson, eds. The Oral History Reader, Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson, Eds. London: Routlege, 1998.

Ritchie, Donald A. Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Terkel, Studs. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression. New York: Pantheon Books, 1970.

———. “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War Two. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984.

Yow, Valerie R. Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Washington, D.C.: Rowman Altamira, 2005.