ERIC Number: ED253247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Oral History in Public Libraries. Occasional Papers Number 167.
Palmer, Joseph W.
In order to gather information detailing the extent and effectiveness of oral history projects in public libraries, questionnaires were sent to public libraries in 11 states that listed "oral history" among their resources in the American Library Directory, and to a small number of other libraries in these states with oral history projects that have been mentioned in the literature. A total of 182 questionnaires were sent; of the 111 libraries that replied, 6 reported no oral history resources. Usable replies were received from 105 libraries. Following an introduction and discussion of the methodology, this report examines projects developed in California, Illinois, Indiana, and New York in each of the following time periods: pre-1970, 1970-76, and post-1976. Successful projects are noted for each of these states. Oral history projects in seven other states--Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Florida, Idaho, Alabama, and Georgia--are also described, but in less detail. Finally, comments and advice, conclusions and recommendations, and a bibliography are provided. (THC)
Descriptors: Interviews, Library Planning, Library Research, Library Surveys, Local History, Oral History, Primary Sources, Public Libraries, Social History
Occasional Papers, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Publications Office, 249 Armory Building, 505 E. Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61820 ($3.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Identifiers: California; Illinois; Indiana; New York