"Stor E Telling"

Links from Karen's column in
Storytelling Magazine
, and other authored publications.

Arts Education

Bird Stories from Around the World

Book Resources

The Business of Storytelling

Circle the Globe with Stories

Colleges and Storytelling Courses

Crafts and Activities

Grant Resources and Tutorials

Holidays, Celebrations and Observances

Music Resources

Oral History Resources

Princess Tales from Around the World

Puppets and Puppetry

Stories from A to Z

String Figure Sites

Teaching Tolerance ~ Promoting Peace

Teaching Tools

Voice Care and Relaxation Techniques

oral history resources


4 2 eXplore ~ Topic: Oral History
A wealth of web links on how to conduct interviews, projects with links to curriculum guides and projects dealing with Oral History.


American Journeys
Eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the Vikings in AD1000 to the mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.


American Life Histories – WPA Project
A rich collection of 2,900 documents from over 300 writers and spanning 24 states. Research the life histories and literary snapshots dating back to 1936-1940.


Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War
Real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived war in seven war zones: Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. Includes lesson plans and conflict timelines, and links to related sites.
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII. http://lii.org/


California Stories
Eureka! We've struck gold. Sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities, their mission is to "engage people across the state in a variety of story-based activities designed to address local issues and strengthen communities." The site offers links to local projects throughout the state, their Documentary Project Program, a newsletter and information on applying for grants.


Countdown to Millennium ~ An Oral History Project
A goldmine for teachers! Lesson plans, interview and videotaping techniques and radio interviews with the people of Appalachia.


Family Folklore: How to Collect Your Own Family Folklore
Every family needs a Tradition Bearer so why not you? Produced to accompany the exhibition, The Grand Generation, Memory, Mastery', and Legacy, this guide will lead you through the process of discovering and recording your own family traditions and folklore.


The Gene Pool

JTR's Colorful Family History List of Oral History questions to get you started!


The Great Chicago Fire
Eyewitness accounts, newspaper articles and essays on the great conflagration.


I Hear America Singing
A portal to thousands of materials showcasing sound recordings, moving images, manuscripts, photographs and oral histories.


In The First Person
Over 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world: personal narratives, letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories; a goldmine of information.


Library of Congress American Memory & Learning Page
Lesson plans, photographs, documents, videos, audio, maps, etc. The place to begin when using primary source documents! The Learning Page link also offers special resources for teachers.


Oral History Association
The organization brings together all persons interested in oral history as a way of collecting memories.

Oral History Online ~ Suffragists Oral History Project
Seven major figures in twentieth-century suffragist history are represented with full-length oral histories.


Prairie Diaries ~ NPR
Features diary entries from Kansas residents created for the "A Day in My Community" a historical record of their lives at the beginning of the millennium.


Quilts and Quiltmaking in America 1978-1996
This site "showcases materials from two American Folklife Center collections, the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (1978) and the All-American Quilt Contest." Includes nearly 200 segments from recorded interviews with quiltmakers and over 400 images.
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII. http://lii.org/


Shout Out! A Kid's Guide to Recording Stories
Teach children how to record and collect stories in their communities. The site offers a downloadable PDF guide.


Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
A 35 page guide for collecting oral histories from family and community members, including tips, forms and questions to get you started.


Smithsonian Archives of American Art
"The Archives of American Art, founded in 1954 and a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution since 1970, provides researchers with access to the largest collection of documents on the history of the visual arts in the United States. The collection now totals more than thirteen million items, consisting of the papers of artists, dealers, critics, art historians, curators, administrators and the records of art dealers, museums, and other art-related businesses, institutions, and organizations."


The AAA offers researchers access to letters, diaries, sketchbooks, photographs, business records, journals, and other documentation. The collection encompasses American art from Colonial times to the present day and reveals our nation's cultural diversity, "illustrating the rich influences of African, Asian Pacific, and Latin countries, among others, and provide rare insights into the sensitivity and perspectives that artists bring to their own times and environments."
In addition, AAA now offers an incredible section of Oral History transcripts, 30 interviews with some of the most prominent artists from around the world. A feast for both the eyes and ears!


Southwest Jewish Archives
"Dedicated to collecting and recording the dramatic history of pioneer Jews in the Desert Southwest who trace their family histories back to Spain and Portugal." Photographs, oral histories, manuscript collections and transcripts from the University of Arizona.


Southern Oral History Program
Over 2,900 interviews documenting the Civil Rights Movement.


StoryCorps.net ~ Telling American Tales
A national oral-history project funded by a $50,000.00 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. StoryCorps is seeking questions, suggestions and facilitators. You could be part of this exciting new project and then wouldn't YOU have story to tell!


Survivors of the Shoah
More than 50,000 eyewitness testimonies in 57 countries and 32 languages from Holocaust survivors and witnesses.


Telling Their Stories: Oral History of the Holocaust
Listen to six interviews with Holocaust survivors conducted by high school students. Includes links to related sites.


TimeSlips - Creative Storytelling Project
An innovative project using storytelling to deal with dementia; offering stories, resources and education links.


The Ultimate Storytelling Guide
This site is the brainchild of David Sidwell, adjunct professor at Utah University, Program Director at the American West Heritage Center and storyteller. He offers lesson plans, articles and more. This is a site to bookmark!


Veterans History Project
Focuses on World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars.


Voices From the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories
Listen to former slaves describe their lives through interviews conducted between 1932 and 1975, capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable people born between 1823 and the early 1860s." Interviews are searchable. Also includes transcripts, biographies of many of the interviewers, and links to related resources. From the AmericanMemory Project of the Library of Congress.
Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org


Voices of Civil Rights
Their goal is to "collect and preserve thousands of firsthand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement as a living memorial


What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
Twenty-six interviews with women who served in WW II.