Oral history: Getting Started
Online oral history projects
This site provides links to oral history projects that have been placed online. The first link is to a source that has attempted to index several online projects.
University Archives Oral History Collections
The University Archives does collect oral histories relating to its goals as listed in the collection development policy. This includes local and university history. Some materials have been processed and are available for use such as the Ferris Heritage Lecture Collection. The University History Task Force has also had a project since the early 2000s to collect selected oral history interviews. For more information about this, please contact University Archvies staff.
Where to start
There are a number of secondary sources available in FLITE about the uses and techniques of oral history. In addition to these peer-reviewed sources, there are a number of online sources which also provide excellent information. And there are always new sources that FLITE may not be aware of yet, so please let us know about those.
Some useful websites
This site provides an online bookstore of publications relating to the topics of oral history and its uses. They also provide training program.s
This site gives sample forms, equipment and project management suggestions.
This site helps to detail the process of conducting an oral history program. It provides a link to best practices and successful projects.
This is an official organization for oral historians. The stide includes wikis, listservs and a variety of digital resources.
This provides a detailed listing of the activities needed to create and sustain an oral history project.
Using the University Archives
We are here to assist you in your research to the best of our ability. Limited reference materials are available in the reading room. All other materials are retrieved on an on-call basis and used in the reading room facility. Materials are non-circulating and may only be used under direct supervision of UARMP (University Archives and Records Management Program) staff. Photocopying is done by staff. For further information on using the University Archives, please review the Guidelines for Use of the Ferris State University Archives.
The University Archives typically provides reference service from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m; 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and by appointment