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Oral History Association 50th Anniversary logo

This virtual issue, the first produced by the Oral History Review’s editors, is presented in celebration of the Oral History Association’s fiftieth anniversary. It brings together fifteen articles, all previously published in the Review, that probe the nature and value of oral history. That theme is, admittedly, capacious, and it was purposely chosen to showcase some of the most influential work published in the journal. The aim of this virtual issue is to show how understanding of these essential aspects of our practice has been explored in the pages of the Review since it began publication in 1973.

Editors' Introduction
Kathryn Nasstrom, Troy Reeves, and Andrew Shaffer

Black History, Oral History, and Genealogy
Alex Haley, Issue 1.1, 1973

Can Anyone over Thirty Be Trusted: A Friendly Critique of Oral History
Ron Grele, Issue 6.1, 1978

Oral History and Hard Times: A Review Essay
Michael Frisch, Issue 7.1, 1979

Why Call It "Oral History"? Searching for Early Usage of a Generic Term
Charles T. Morrissey, Issue 8.1, 1980

Oral History and the Writing of Ethnic History: A Reconnaissance into Method and Theory
Gary Y. Okihiro, Issue 9.1, 1981

Developing a Critical Dialogue about Oral History: Some Notes Based on an Analysis of Book Reviews
Linda Shopes, Issue 14.1, 1986

Beginning Where We Are: Feminist Methodology in Oral History
Kathryn Anderson, Susan Armitage, Dana Jack, and Judith Wittner, Issue 15.1, 1987

History-Telling and Time: An Example from Kentucky
Alessandro Portelli, Issue 20.1, 1992

"Do I Like Them Too Much?": Effects of the Oral History Interview on the Interviewer and Vice-Versa
Valerie Yow, Issue 24.1, 1997

"We Know What the Problem Is": Using Oral History to Develop a Collaborative Analysis of Homelessness from the Bottom Up
Daniel Kerr, Issue 30.1, 2003

Kissing Cousins: Journalism and Oral History
Mark Feldstein, Issue 31.1, 2004

Before Columbia: The FWP and American Oral History Research
Jerrold Hirsch, Issue 34.2, 2007

The Limits of Oral History: Ethics and Methodology amid Highly Politicized Research Settings
Erin Jessee, Issue 38.2, 2011

The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio
Siobhán McHugh, Issue 39.2, 2012

Shifting Questions: New Paradigms for Oral History in a Digital World
Steve Cohen, Issue 40.1, 2013

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