International Oral History Associations
The International Oral History Association. is a professional association established to provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation of human experience. IOHA seeks to stimulate research that uses the techniques of oral history and to promote the development of standards and principles for individuals, institutions and agencies (both public and private) who have the responsibility for the collection and preservation of historical information gathered through the techniques of oral histories, in all forms. Through international conferences, collaborative networks, and support for national oral history organizations, IOHA seeks to foster a better understanding of the democratic nature and value of oral history worldwide. The International Oral History Association was formally constituted in June 1996 at the IXth International Oral History Conference in Göteborg, Sweden. The official languages of the IOHA and its publications are English and Spanish.
IOHA meets every two years at the Biennial International Oral History Conference held in different regions or continents. The next Conference will be held in India 27 June - 1 July 2016 - with the theme Speaking, Listening, Interpreting: the critical engagement of Oral History.
Words and Silences is the official journal of the International Oral History Association. It is an online peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on oral history methodology, as well as research that is based on oral history interviewing.
For the past two years Words and Silences was offline because of technical problems. However, the website www.wordsandsilences.org has been restored and two new editors have been appointed from the Executive of IOHA. They are David Beorlegui of Spain firstname.lastname@example.org and Christina Landman of South Africa email@example.com
View the current Call for Papers for the 2016 Journal Oral History and Emotions Here
Global Oral History Network
H-OralHist is an on-line network for those interested in studies related to oral history. It is a member of the H-Net, the Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative, an international interdisciplinary organisation of scholars and teachers dedicated to utilising the educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Its edited lists and websites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for scholars and the interested public. The computing heart of H-Net resides at the Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, at Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers come from all over the globe.
The Association is made up of private record collectors, professional sound archivists, radio broadcasters and social historians, consisting of individuals and institutions with a strong interest in sound recording history, its development and all related activities.
Libraries, Museums and Archives
National Film and Sound Archive - Oral History
State Library of NSW - Oral History Collection
Copyright - information and training
Australian Copyright Council An excellent website providing comprehensive information about all aspects of copyright.
Examples of Programs and Websites using Oral Histories
The latest theme issue of Australian Historical Studies (AHS), edited by Katie Holmes and Alistair Thomson, features seven articles by members of the Australian Generations team using the project’s oral history interviews to illuminate a range of topics in Australian social history, and to discuss innovations and issues in oral history. The open access online editorial on ‘Oral History and Australian Generations’ by Katie and Al introduces the project and the articles. Katie and Al also discuss the articles in this video clip on the AHS Facebook site. Use this link to access all the articles. To view individual articles click on any of the links (note that if you are not an AHS subscriber you will need to view through a local, state or education library, or pay for access).
'Storylines' an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia