New Issue: Oral History Review

Volume 45, Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2018

Animal Stories and Oral History: Witnessing and Mourning across the Species Divide
Carrie Hamilton

Remembering Migrant Life: Family Collective Memory and Critical Consciousness in the Midcentury Migrant Stream
Jennifer R Nájera

Special Section: Inside the Interview: The Challenges of a Humanistic Oral History Approach in the Deep Exchange of Oral History

Guest Editors’ Introduction
Andrea Hajek; Sofia Serenelli

Generation and Memories of Sex and Reproduction in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain
Angela Davis

“Medical Doctors Do Not Accept Any Refreshment from Us”: Oral History Interviews in a Medical Setting in Sri Lanka
Darshi Thoradeniya

Talking and Not Talking about Violence: Challenges in Interviewing Survivors of Atrocity as Whole People
Anna Sheftel

What Happens When an Interview Is Filmed? Recording Memories from Conflict
Cahal McLaughlin


Sustainable Stewardship: A Collaborative Model for Engaged Oral History Pedagogy, Community Partnership, and Archival Growth
Janice W Fernheimer; Douglas A Boyd; Beth L Goldstein; Sarah Dorpinghaus

Media Reviews

The Berkeley Remix, Season Three: First Response—Aids and Community in San Francisco
Hannah Byrne

The Quipu Project. Digital oral history archive and interactive website
Dean Cahill

New Dimensions in Testimony. Interactive 3-D exhibit
Tomoko Kubota-Hiramoto

Book Reviews

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story. By Mollie Gregory
Alan Bloomfield

I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival. By Rick Massimo
Rebecca Brenner

Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952. By Adam R. Seipp
Joyce E Bromley

Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California. By Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
Naomi Alisa Calnitsky

Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California’s Santa Clara Valley. By Cecilia M. Tsu
Sue Fawn Chung

Latina Lives in Milwaukee. By Theresa Delgadillo
Daisy R Herrera

Verlust und Vermächtnis—Überlebende des Genozids an den Armeniern erinnern sich [Loss and Legacy—Survivors of the Armenian Genocide Remember]. By Mihran Dabag and Kristin Platt (editors)
Stefan Ihrig

From Reconciliation to Revolution: The Student Interracial Ministry, Liberal Christianity, and the Civil Rights Movement. By David P. Cline
Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror. By Angela D. Sims
Anna F Kaplan

Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop. By Marc Myers
So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley. By Roger Steffens
Bud Kliment

Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858. By Dennis Baird, Diane Mallickan, and William R. Swagerty (editors)
Debbie Lee

Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era. By Max Krochmal
Gregory M Markley

In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets. By Father Patrick Desbois
Filip Mazurczak

Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination. By Melissa L. Cooper
Robin M Morris

Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race through Musical Performance. By Grace Wang
Mari Nagatomi

“Curing Queers”: Mental Nurses and their Patients, 1935-74. By Tommy Dickinson
Grey Pierce

Unnamed Desires: A Sidney Lesbian History. By Rebecca Jennings
Grey Pierce

Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Europe. By Natalia Khanenko-Friesen and Gelinada Grinchenko (eds)
Kimberly Redding

Tales from Kentucky Nurses. Reprint edition. By William Lynwood Montell
Rachel F Seidman

Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down. By Bill DeYoung
Heather J Stone

Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance. By Brent Phillips
Jessica Webb


Call for Book Reviewers: Oral History Review

By Nancy MacKay, Book Review Editor

Did you know that the Oral History Review, the journal of the Oral History Association, publishes 30-40 book reviews in every issue?

And that each book reviewed first must be identified as relevant to oral history; then read, analyzed and written about by volunteer scholars in the OHA community?

And that once the review is submitted to the journal, it undergoes a rigorous review and editing process before emerging in print in the form you see when you sit down with your copy of Oral History Review?

I did not know the extent or the scholarly rigor of this process until I assumed the role as book review editor in January.  As a reviewer I had taken all these steps for granted. Now I understand the effort that goes into scanning new publications for potential review books and matching a book to a volunteer reviewer. And each of those reviewers does serious work in reading and analyzing each book for fellow OHA members.

I now know that the quality of the book review section is maintained through wide community participation. I’m calling out to potential reviewers, seasoned reviewers and authors to get involved by suggesting book titles for review and participating as a reviewer. Reviewers can select books of interest to review and their desired level of activity through a form. Anyone can recommend a title for review. To get started, please contact me at

Oral History Review seeks Book Review and Pedagogy Section Editors

The Oral History Review, the official journal of the Oral History Association, is accepting applications for two positions on the editorial team, the Pedagogy Editor and the Book Review Editor.

The successful applicants will join the six-member editorial team of the Review and will participate actively in the development of the journal.  The editorial team—a creative and dedicated band of editors/oral historians—is motivated by a commitment to the journal and its place in the life of the Oral History Association and the broader oral history community.  Together, we seek to make the Review a lively site in which to experience, discuss, and debate oral history.

These positions are wonderful opportunities for national visibility and service to a well-established scholarly journal.  Each provides a chance to network with well-known and emerging scholars in the field and to stay abreast of the latest oral history scholarship.

Applicants for either position should, first and foremost, be familiar with the literature on oral history. Specific duties for each position can be found after the end of this announcement.

Candidates should also possess:

  • strong writing and editing skills (although no formal editorial training is required);
  • solid organizational abilities to manage the volume of articles or reviews;
  • interpersonal skills to work with authors from many backgrounds and fields;
  • technological flexibility in order to learn and use both computer software applications (such as Word and Excel) and emerging web-based applications.

Deadline for applications is 1 November 2017.

Interviews will be conducted in early November, with an expectation that the new editors will be selected no later than 15 December 2017.  The official start date for the position will be 1 January 2018; however, the incoming editors will work with, and be trained by, the outgoing editors (working together as co-editors) to deliver the issue of the journal that is due to the publisher in February 2018.

The incoming editorial team will be in Minneapolis for the annual Oral History Association meeting and available to answer questions and discuss the positions in greater detail.  Also, for more information about the positions and the editorial board, or to submit an application, please contact:

David Caruso
Editor, Oral History Review
Director, Center for Oral History
The Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 873-8236

To apply, please provide the following:

  1. Letter of application, stating interest in one of the positions and describing relevant experience.
  2. CV. or resume.
  3. Optional, but recommended: a short writing and/or editing sample, roughly 1,000 to 1,500 words in length.

Pedagogy Editor

The Pedagogy Section is published once annually, in the journal’s fall issue. It aims to highlight not only innovative pedagogical practice, but also sound analysis of the use of oral history in the classroom, in both secondary and higher education settings. Applicants should have experience doing oral history work in a classroom setting, an eye for innovative teaching practices, and an ability to distinguish process from analysis. Interested candidates are encouraged to read through the Pedagogy Section in recent issues of the Review in order to get a feel for the section’s offerings.

The Pedagogy Editor:

  • Solicits articles for the journal’s Pedagogy Section.
  • Works with authors during the initial development of their work.
  • Manages the peer review process for submissions.

Book Review Editor

Each issue of the Review contains roughly thirty book reviews, as well as longer pieces meant to elicit deeper reflections on the role a book or a collection of books has played, is playing, or may play in oral history.

The Book Review Editor:

  • Identifies oral history based books to review using publishers’ catalogues.
  • Finds reviewers for identified books.
  • Evaluates and edits submitted reviews both for substance and for adherence to stylistic guidelines.
  • Maintains a database of books accepted for review, reviewers selected for reviews, and the expertise of reviewers.
  • Develops ways to highlight specific works in the field.
  • Works with the book review assistant (position already filled) to accomplish the above tasks.