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“In Laos, it is totally different from here. Here (in Minnesota), men can do women's work. In Laos, according to our culture and traditions, men never do what is considered women's work. They only sharpen knives and work with other tools.” ~ Mai Her Vang

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Recommended Reading

Kornbluth, Joyce L. and Brady Mikusko, eds. Working WomenRoots: An Oral History Primer. Ann Arbor: Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Michigan, 1979

Patai, Daphne and Gluck, Sherna, eds. Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History. New York: Routledge, 1991 Richie, Donald. Doing Oral History. New York: Twayne, 1995.

Hoffman, Alice, Barbara Werthmeimer, editor. "Using Oral History in the Classroom." In Labor Education for Women. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1980.

Additional Information on Women and Oral History


Oral History Review: Journal of the Oral History Association (1973 to present), Berkeley: University of California Press for the Oral History Association

International Journal of Oral History (1980-present), Westport, CN: Mecklen Publishing

Canadian Oral History Association Journal (1975-present), COHA, PO Box 301, Station A, Ottawa, K1N


Baum, Willa K. Oral History for the Local Historical Society. 2nd edition. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1974

Dunaway, David K. and Baum, Willa K., eds. Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. 2nd ed. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1996

Epstein, Ellen Robinson and Jane Lewitt. Record and Remember: Tracing your Roots through Oral History. Lanham, MD: Scarborough House, 1994

Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 2. , no 2 (Summer 1977). Special issue on women’s oral history.

Grele, Ronald J., ed. Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History. Revised edition. Westport, CN: Mecklen, 1990

Howarth, Ken. Oral History: A Handbook. Stroud, England: Sutton Publishing, 1998

Ives, Edward D. The Tape-Recorded Interview: An Manual for Fieldworkers in Folklore and Oral History. 2nd ed. 1995

Purkis, Sally. Oral History in the Schools. University of Essex: Oral History Society, 1982

Richie, Donald. Doing Oral History. New York: Twayne, 1995.

Stricklin, David and Rebecca Sharpless, Eds. The Past Meets the Present: Essays on Oral History. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988.

Thompson, Paul. The Voice of the Past: Oral History. Revised edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Vansina, Jan. Oral Tradition as History. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985.

Yow, Valerie R. Recording Oral History: A Practical Guide for Social Scientists. California: Sage publications, 1994.

Online Resources

Oral History Web Sites: Minnesota
Oral History Association of Minnesota
Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Collections
Iron Range Research Center

Oral History Web Sites: Women
CSULB History: Oral History Archives--Women's Studies
What did you do in the war, Grandma?
Georgia Government Documentation Project, GSU Special Collections
Michigan Women Video Oral History Project Oral History

National Collections
Canadian Oral History Association Home Page
Center for Oral History at the University of Connecticut
Forest History Society
Indiana University Oral History Research Center
Louisiana State University, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Oregon Historical Society Oral History Collections
Slavonic Web Oral History Project
Smithsonian Institution Oral History Collection
UNC Southern Oral History Program-Links
The CCC in Idaho
The New Deal Network
UCLA Oral History Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks/Oral History Program
University of California at Berkeley/Regional Oral History Office
University of Florida Oral History Program
University of Kentucky Oral History Program
University of New Mexico Oral History Collection
University of South Dakota
University of Southern Mississippi Oral History Program
U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Utah State University Oral History Program

(compiled by the Oral History Association of Minnesota)

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