oral history


Definition of oral history

1 : a recording containing information about the past obtained from in-depth interviews concerning personal experiences, recollections, and reflections also : the study of such information
2 : a written work based on oral history

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oral historian noun

Examples of oral history in a Sentence

I'm reading an oral history of the Great Depression.

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Read the oral history of that drive, as compiled by Jack Harris, by clicking here. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Reports of USC’s resurgence were greatly exaggerated," 15 Sep. 2019 Bangarra Dance Theatre: Making its Chicago debut, Bangarra Dance Theatre uses oral histories passed down through generations of elders to share Australia’s indigenous culture with the masses. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Top 10 for dance this fall: Big stars on stage, from here and all the way from Australia," 6 Sep. 2019 But which resources are included on that list depends largely on the traditions of different groups, and archaeological data is sometimes required to confirm oral history. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clam," 27 Aug. 2019 Its 60-odd volunteers visit old districts and gather oral histories. The Economist, "In China’s old urban neighbourhoods, conservationists sometimes win," 10 Aug. 2019 Mary Mannix, manager of the Maryland Room, a research center in the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, said that the room also offers cameras to record oral histories. Rebecca Duke Wiesenberg, baltimoresun.com, "Preservation Maryland project seeks to unearth LGBTQ history," 23 June 2019 The Athletic's Jayson Jenks released an oral history of Leonard's two-year stint at San Diego State on Tuesday, including a few notable lines from Leonard's college days. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard Explains 'Board Man' Catch Phrase From San Diego State," 6 June 2019 The truth came gradually, starting in the 1990s with an effort to gather oral histories and a tour on slavery. Hannah Knowles, BostonGlobe.com, "Plantations talk more about slavery, not pleasing some," 8 Sep. 2019 An oral history of Devin Hester’s Super Bowl XLI kickoff return touchdown — and the coverage team that dared to stop him. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Packers 10, Bears 3: Defense shines but offense fizzles in a season-opening setback," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of oral history

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of oral history

: recorded information about the past that you get from talking to people about their experiences, families, etc.
: a book, article, etc., that is based on oral history

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