In addition to our training webinars and ethics page, we compiled this list of materials meant to serve as an entry point into oral history. If you are interested in undertaking an oral history project but unfamiliar with the discipline, these online resources are a good place to start. They include tips on preparing your project, finding the right equipment and so forth. That said, it is not a comprehensive list; we encourage you to research projects which work within a similar framework as you to ensure you are well prepared.

1. Oral History Practice

a. Guides and Manuals

An Oral History Bibliography: A research Guide by the Columbia University Centre for Oral History (Elizabeth Grefrath, Kaley Bell and Jared Rosenfeld, Columbia University Center for Oral History, 2009)

This interdisciplinary oral history bibliography was developed for the public’s use by the Columbia University Center for Oral History and compiles introductory oral history material and subject specific projects, articles and books.–%20A%20CCOH%20Publication.pdf 

Introduction to Oral History Manual (Baylor University Institute for Oral History, 2016)

This manual offers an introduction to interviewing, planning projects, legal considerations, technology and more.

Digital Omnium: oral history, archives and digital technology (Doug Boyd)

Doug Boyd’s blog on oral history, archives and digital technologies features regular posts and offers guidance on topics relating to recording, archiving, digital preservation, and online dissemination of oral histories.

Disability Oral History Toolkit (Fady Shanouda, Karen K. Yoshida, The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Inc., and the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, 2012)

The “Disability Oral History Toolkit” is a how-to guide, for both community members and academics, on capturing stories from disabled people in diverse disability communities across Canada. To receive the toolkit, you must fill out a short form, after which it will be emailed to you.

Making Sense of Oral History (Linda Shopes, History Matters, 2002)

This website offers introductory avenues to the practice and interpretation of oral history and is intended for students and teachers. It also presents an annotated bibliography, and a guide to finding and using oral history online. 

Principles and Best Practices (Oral History Association, 2009)

This web page aims to summarize the OHA’s most important principles and best practices for doing oral history. It is not an inclusive primer, rather, a methodological outline.

Web Guides to Doing Oral History (Linda Shopes for the Oral History Association, 2012)

Compiles a dozen online guides to oral history produced by oral historians, research centres, and universities. The list is tailored for non-specialists.

b. Oral History Remotely

There are a serval important factors to reflect upon when deciding whether or not to conduct your interviews remotely. The relationship between the interviewer and interviewee, the participants’ access to technology, the safety and confidentiality of the recordings, legal differences, and so forth, need to be thought through before making an informed choice. These questions and more are explored by this list of suggested resources. Beyond this, we wish to acknowledge the disability rights activists who have, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, worked to create and render accessible the digital tools we are using today. We invite you to visit the Disability Visibility Project’s website and the Oral History Association’s pop-out on access and inclusion to learn more.

Remote Interviewing Resources (Oral History Association)

This guide is meant to be a resource to practitioners as they work through the numerous questions that arise with remote interviewing. It includes a decision tree, an accompanying narrative, platform documents and case studies. It also has an accompanying bibliography on interviewing in times of crisis.

Oral History at a Distance: Conducting Remote Interviews (Webinar by Baylor University and the Oral History Association, 2020)

This webinar addresses the dynamics of conducting remote oral history interviews. These include the pros and cons, the interviewer and narrator experience in these exchanges, best practices for recording archival-quality oral history interviews, and legal and ethical considerations.

Interviewing at a distance: Should we carry on interviewing during the pandemic? If so, how do we do so responsibly and effectively? (Oral History Society, 2021)

In response to increased interest in conducting remote interviews this document attempts to summarise the ethical, legal, methodological, and technical issues that individuals and projects will need to consider before deciding whether or not to conduct a remote interview.

Immunodeficiency and Oral History (Sarah Dziedzic, 2020)

In this blogpost oral historian Sarah Dziedzic reflects on the longstanding insistence on conducting oral history interviews in person, or “face-to-face.” She argues that we must learn from the field of disability justice to make our practice more accessible.

COVID-19 Response: Digital Accessibility and Other Best Practices for Remote Work (Disability:IN).

Disability:IN has compiled the following resources to support disability inclusion work during COVID-19.

c. Decolonial and Anti-Oppressive Oral History Methodologies

i. Our Affiliates’ Work

Aboriginal Healing Foundation (Canada), Library and Archives Canada, & Legacy of Hope Foundation. 2010. We were so far away: the Inuit experience of residential schools. (H. Igloliorte, Ed.).

Boldo, V., Kephart, E., & Allouche, Z. 2021. Vicky boldo/kisêwâtisiwinyôtin:iskwew (gentle wind woman): from individual to intergenerational healing. Genealogy, 5(2), 37–37.

Clark, M., Aviles-Betel, K., Richardson, C., & Allouche, Z. 2021. Miskâsowin—returning to the body, remembering what keeps us alive. Genealogy, 5(2), 34–34.

Dufour, Emanuelle. 2021. C’est le Québec qui est né dans mon pays ! : Carnet de rencontres, d’Ani Kuni à Kiuna. Montréal: Écosociété. ISBN: 9782897197018 (2897197013).

Dufour, Emanuelle. 2021. “Des histoires à raconter : d’Ani Kuni à Kiuna Les mémoires graphiques en tant qu’outils de rencontre réflexive et conversationnelle avec les réalités autochtones et allochtones du Québec.” PhD thesis, Concordia University.

Fast, E., Drouin-Gagne, M.-E., Bertrand, N., Bertrand, S., & Allouche, Z. 2017. “Incorporating diverse understandings of indigenous identity: toward a broader definition of cultural safety for urban indigenous youth”. Alternative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 13(3), 152–160.

Igloliorte, H., Loft, S., Croft, B. L., Ottawa Art Gallery, & Robert McLaughlin Gallery. 2012. Decolonize me. Ottawa Art Gallery/ Galerie d’art d’Ottawa.

Lefebvre, Melanie. 2020. “Centering Stories by Urban Indigiqueers/Trans/Two-Spirit and Indigenous Women on Practices of Decolonization, Collective-care and Self-care.” Masters thesis, Concordia University.

Marcoux-Fortier, Iphigénie. 2020. “HOMING: A Process of Co-Creating Documentary and Re-Making Home With Rural Women of Diverse Backgrounds.” Masters thesis, Concordia University.

Maltais-Landry, Aude. 2014. “Récits de Nutashkuan: la création d’une réserve indienne en territoire innu.” Masters thesis, Concordia University.

Maltais-Landry, Aude. 2015. “Un territoire de cent pas de côté : récits de la création d’une réserve indienne en territoire innu au milieu du XXe siècle.” Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, 69(1-2), 19-50.

Patterson, Monica Eileen. 2013. “The Ethical Murk of Using Testimony in Oral Historical Research in South Africa.” Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice. Palgrave Studies in Oral History, edited by Anna Sheftel and Stacey Zembrzycki. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 201-218.

Pucan, Bimadoshka. 2019. “The Anishinaabeg of Chief’s Point.” PhD Thesis, Western University. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 6161.

Radu, Ioana. 2018. “Blurred Boundaries, Feminisms, and Indigenisms: Cocreating an Indigenous Oral History for Decolonization.” The Oral History Review 45 (1): 29–47.

Radu, I., House, L. and Pashagumskum, E. 2014. “Land, life, and knowledge in Chisasibi: Intergenerational healing in the bush.” Decolonization Indigeneity, Education and Society, 3(3), 86-105.

Whitebean, Wahéhshon Shiann. 2019. “Child-Targeted Assimilation: An Oral History of Indian Day School Education in Kahnawà:ke.” Masters thesis, Concordia University.

ii. Additional Readings and Resources

The resources outlined here are a starting point for us to think about race, gender, citizenship, ability, sexuality and class, and their role in the production of oral histories. We recognize that this list of resources is by no means exhaustive; we thereby welcome suggestions for books, articles, websites, blogposts, or any other resources which might enrich the page. These can be addressed to the COHDS Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator.

Tri-Council Policy Statement Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS 2 (2018) – Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project at Concordia.

Cersonsky, James, Naimah Johnson, Paula de Angelis, Senait Tesfai and Anonymous. 2014. “Reportback: What lessons can radical oral history/storytelling projects draw from the concepts and practices of anti-oppression organizing?” Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change. Blog post.

Columbia Oral History Master of Arts. 2020. Oral History, Indigenous Oral Histories, and Decolonization. Blogpost. This blogpost lists books, articles, projects, films and more produced by Indigenous students and alumni of the Columbia Oral History Master of Arts program.

Corntassel, Jeff, Chaw-win-is, and T’lakwadzi. 2009. “Indigenous Storytelling, Truth-telling, and Community Approaches to Reconciliation.” ESC: English Studies in Canada 35 (1): 137-159. doi:10.1353/esc.0.0163.

Dian Million, Weshoyot Alvitre, Antoinette Jackson, John Jennings and Ora Marek-Martinez. 2020. “Black and Indigenous Storytelling as Counter-History.”

Dion, Susan D. 2004. “(Re)telling to disrupt: Aboriginal people and stories of Canadian history.” Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies 2 (1): 55-76.

Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador – AFNQL. 2014. First Nations in Quebec and Labrador’s Research Protocol, Wendake, 92 pages.

First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. Indigenous Foundations. Canada (see also “Oral Traditions”).

Fobear, Katherine. 2018. “Do You Understand? Unsettling Interpretative Authority in Feminist Oral History.” Journal of Feminist Scholarship 10 (Spring): 61-77.

Henderson, David, and Christine Bigby. 2017. “Whose Life Story Is It? Self-Reflexive Life Story Research with People with Intellectual Disabilities.” The Oral History Review 44 (1): 39–55.

Iseke, Judy. 2013. “Indigenous Storytelling as Research.” International Review of Qualitative Research 6 (4): 559-77. DOI:10.1525/irqr.2013.6.4.559

Kim, Soon Nam. 2008. “Whose Voice Is It Anyway? Rethinking the Oral History Method in Accounting Research on Race, Ethnicity and Gender.” Critical Perspectives on Accounting 19 (8): 1346–69.

Labarthe, Marina. 2020. “Uncovering Thyself: Identity Politics & Oral History.” Columbia Oral History Master of Arts. Blog post.

Lee, E.O.J. and León, A. 2019. “Re-thinking the “Starting Point” for Research: The Challenges and Possibilities for Building Reflexive Knowledge with and about Queer and Trans Migrants”, Conflict and Forced Migration (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 51), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 173-190.

Local Contexts.

Merriam, Sharan B., Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ming-Yeh Lee, Youngwha Kee, Gabo Ntseane, and Mazanah Muhamad. 2001. “Power and Positionality: Negotiating Insider/Outsider Status within and across Cultures.” International Journal of Lifelong Education 20 (5): 405–16. DOI: 10.1080/02601370120490.

Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK. 2019. Indigenous Allyship Toolkit


Murphy, Kevin P., Jennifer L. Pierce, and Jason Ruiz. 2016. “What Makes Queer Oral History Different.” Oral History Review 43 (1): 1–24.

Nagar, Richa. 2013. “Storytelling and Co-Authorship in Feminist Alliance Work: Reflections from a Journey.” Gender, Place & Culture 20 (1): 1–18.

Nēpia Mahuika. 2019. Rethinking Oral History and Tradition: An Indigenous Perspective. New York, Ny: Oxford University Press. Print ISBN-13: 9780190681685.

Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Dr. Jo-ann Archibald. Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit.

Resources from Mikana.

Shell-Weiss, Melanie. 2019. “The Power of Narrative: A Practical Guide to Creating Decolonial, Community-Based Projects.” In The Essence of Academic Performance edited by Bernard Nchindila and Trudy Corrigan.

Sium, Aman, and Eric Ritskes. 2013. “Speaking Truth to Power: Indigenous Storytelling as an Act of Living Resistance.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 2 (1): 1–10.

Srigley, Katrina, Stacey Zembrzycki, and Franca Iacovetta, eds. 2018. Beyond Women’s Words: Feminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the Twenty-First Century. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 9780815357711.

Wheeler, Winona. 2005. “Reflections on the Social Relations of Indigenous Oral Histories.” In Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and Their Representations, edited by Ute Lischke and David T. McNab, 189–215. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

2. Affiliated Montreal Area Projects and Centres

Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC)

The BCRC provides and implements professional innovative support services to individuals, communities, para-public and public organizations. They also develop and run health, education, socio-culture, and community economic development programs.

 Centre des mémoires montréalaises (MEM)

The MEM mobilizes Montreal’s inhabitants, who in turn help highlight the value of the city’s plural identities. We collect and present first-hand accounts from a range of communities to tell the history of Montreal.

Deindustrialization and the politics of our time (DePOT)

DePOT is a SSHRC Partnership project consisting of 33 partner organizations and 24 co-applicants and collaborators from six countries in Western Europe and North America.

Écomusée du fier monde

The Écomusée is a history museum that promotes grassroots involvement. You are invited to explore little known facets of Montréal culture. Discover the daily life of the working class and follow the inspiring journeys of grassroots groups.

Indigenous Refugees Movement (IRM)

The IRM is a collaboration between the rightful native inhabitants of this land and the various refugees who can be considered guests upon it. It is a movement that aims to advocate for, defend, and raise awareness about the rights of both Indigenous peoples and Refugees.

In Griffintown  

Mixing the Merciers’ family photographs and frank firsthand recollections with his own evocative pencil animations, director G. Scott MacLeod opens a window onto this once flourishing community and provides a moving portrait of life “in the Griff.”

Laboratoire d’histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Le Laboratoire est une équipe en partenariat née en 2006 pour promouvoir la recherche et l’expérimentation en histoire et en patrimoine urbains.

Le Centre Khemara

La mission du Centre Khemara est de faire connaître, partager et transmettre l’histoire et la civilisation khmères aux Cambodgiens de tous âges, aux diasporas qui partagent des expériences similaires, ainsi qu’aux communautés de toutes origines. 

Mapping the Mosaic: Montreal and its Diverse Neighbourhoods (by QAHN)

This community-driven site charts the collected memories of English-speaking communities in the Greater Montreal Area. Users can share experiences and expertise of where their history happened, by pinning favourite stories to an interactive map of neighbourhoods.


Mikana, which means path in the Anishinabe language, is an Indigenous non-profit organization whose mission is to work for social change by educating different audiences on the realities and perspectives of Indigenous peoples.

Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM)

The MHM educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, while sensitising the public to the universal perils of antisemitism, racism, hate and indifference.

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)

MIGS is Canada’s leading think tank working at the intersection of human rights, conflict and emerging technologies. The institute serves as a leadership and ideas incubator that convenes stakeholders with the goal of developing better policies to protect human rights.

On the Move  

A Canadian research initiative with international links, the On the Move Partnership is investigating workers’ extended travel and related absence from their places of permanent residence for the purpose of, and as part of, their employment.


Les membres de PAGE-RWANDA unissent leurs efforts pour rendre hommage aux victimes et entretenir leur mémoire pour établir et maintenir des services et des projets visant à atténuer les conditions de pauvreté et les séquelles traumatiques des rescapés fragilisés par le génocide.

Pier 21 – Canada’s Museum of Immigration

Pier 21 is a National Historic Site. It was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971 and the departure point for 500,000 Canadian military personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts Atlantic Canada’s only national museum.

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network

QAHN strives to advance the knowledge of the history, heritage and culture of Quebec’s English-speaking communities by informing, inspiring and connecting people through its activities and services.

Toronto Ward Museum (TWM)

Toronto Ward Museum is a museum without walls. It challenges traditional understandings of history through its focus on interactive and event-based programming, which will seek to connect visitors to each other, local communities and the physical infrastructure of the city.

Wapikoni Mobile

Le Wapikoni soutient et promeut l’expression et les talents créateurs des Premiers Peuples via les courts métrages, la musique et les projets de création XR.

3. Oral History Projects and Centres

Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History

The Institute for Oral History is an interdisciplinary research department within Baylor Libraries. Their oral history memoirs assist scholars whose research covers such specialized areas as religion and culture, civil rights, music and theater, women’s studies and more.

British Library Sound Archives  

British Library Sounds presents 50,000 recordings and their associated documentation from the Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH)

The Columbia University Center for Oral History administers an ambitious research agenda with the goal to record unique life histories, document the central historical events and memories of our times, provide public programming, and to teach and do research across the disciplines (see also Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program).

Disability Visibility Project

The Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change  

Groundswell is a dynamic network of oral historians, activists, cultural workers, community organizers, and documentary artists.

International Oral History Association (IOHA)

The International Oral History Association is a professional association established to provide a forum for oral historians around the world, and a means for cooperation among those concerned with the documentation of human experience.

Oral History Association (OHA)

Since 1966, the Oral History Association has served as the principal membership organization for people committed to the value of oral history. It engages with policy makers, educators, and others to help foster best practices and encourage support for oral history and oral historians.

Oral History Centre (University of Winnipeg)

The OHC offers training in oral history and related technologies through in-class support and workshop programming. They provide consultation, training, and support for oral history research projects for the University of Winnipeg and their members.

Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC)

The Scottish Oral History Centre was established at the University of Strathclyde in 1995. Since then, it has been involved in a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities designed primarily to encourage the use of ‘best practice’ oral history methodology in Scotland.

Multicultural History Association of Ontario (MHSO)

The MHSO is a not-for-profit educational institution and archives established in 1976. It is the creator of the most extensive assemblage in Canada of archival materials documenting immigrant, ethnic, and Indigenous experiences.

a. Archives and Projects by Topic

Archives Gaies du Québec –

Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony –

Digital Transgender Archive –

LGBTQ History Digital Collaboratory –

LGBTQ Religious Archives Network –

Making Gay History: The Podcast –

Queering the Map –

The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives –

AtlasCine –

Mapping Memories: Experiences of Refugee Youth –

Mayne Island Soundmap –

Sharing Authority with Baba –

The Griffintown Tour –

International Coalition for Sites of Conscience –

Melbourne Immigration Museum –

Musée de la femme –

Musee de la Mémoire Vivante –

Museu da Pessoa (Brazil) –

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights –

Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada –

Panjab Digital Library –

Reciprocal Research Network –

South African History Archive (SAHA) –

The South Asian American Digital Archive –

The Living Archives of Rwandan Exiles and Genocide Survivors in Canada –

Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre –

Center for Middletown Studies (Ball State University) –

Centre Historique Minier Lewarde –

Centre de Recherche Universitaire Lorrain d’Histoire (CRULH) –

European Route for Industrial Heritage –

Mill Stories (University of Maryland) –

The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage –