Achieving the Promise of Oral History in a Digital Age

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The phrase "digital revolution" is frequently used in both popular and academic discourse to describe the multiple contexts of our increasingly electronically enriched and computer-dependent society. The essence of this article happens to be achieving the promise of oral history in a digital age. In oral history and other academic areas utilizing the interview as a central methodological element, the "digital revolution" specifically refers to the mainstream integration of digital technologies into all facets of the oral history process-in the field, in the archive, and in the distribution of the interview content. This article explores how digital technologies have significantly impacted and have become integral to the recording of oral history, as well as to the dual archival imperatives of access and preservation. Digital video recording started playing a pivotal role in practices of oral history by the twentieth century. Oral history has always been bound to technology, and technologies will forever change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Oral History
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940578
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Academic discourse
  • Computer-dependent society
  • Digital revolution
  • Methodological element
  • Oral history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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