ERIC Number: EJ887520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Private Lives in Public Places--Oral Histories of Performing Artists: How Much Do You Really Want to Know?
Kraft, Susan L.
Journal of Archival Organization, v2 n1-2 p55-61 2004
This article is an exploration of oral history practice within the context of a performing arts archive. It addresses the deceptively simple question of what oral historians should actually ask their respondents and, ultimately, how much do we, as researchers, really want to know. The use of oral history material is discussed from a historical point of view in relation to archival collecting and the needs of scholars and researchers. The notion that oral history practice must both respond to and transcend this history is set forward. The article concludes by advocating an expansive approach to oral history as a means to more fully understand and preserve our pasts. (Contains 4 notes.)
Descriptors: Oral History, Historians, Researchers, Theater Arts, History, Archives, Library Materials
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