Oral History Glossary

The following is an useful glossary
of commonly used Oral History vocabulary. 

Narrator  – Person being interviewed on their memories of history which occurred during their lifetime, and how it affected them.

Interviewer – Person who gathers dialogue from the narrator, and who is responsible for gently guiding the conversation.

Public Memory – A society’s collective conceptions about the past*

Check back as we continue to update our Glossary page.

*All definitions from above words which are followed by an asterisk (*), have been gathered from Donald A. Ritchie‘s book: Doing Oral History, A Practical Guide.

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