The Grand Generation
Ann Banks, First
Person America. New York.
Vintage Books, 1980.
A selection of life history narratives collected from people across the nation as part of the Federal Writers' Project in the late 1930s and 1940s.
Holly Cutting Baker, Amy Kotkin, and Margaret Yocom. Family Folklore: Interviewing Guide and Questionnaire. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution
Traveling Exhibition Service,1975.
Includes various interviewing techniques, suggestions for presenting materials, and some examples.
Peter Bartis. Folklife and Fieldwork: A Layman's Introduction to Field Techniques. Washington, D.C.; American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1979.
Jan Brunvand. The
Study of American Folklore; An Introduction. New York: W. W. Norton, 1978.
A basic introduction to the various genres of American folklore, with a useful descriptive bibliography.
Thomas L. Davies. Shoots; A Guide to Your Family's Photographic
Heritage. Danbury, N.H.; Addison House, 1977.
A detailed guide to family photography and home copying methods.
Janet T. Dixon and Dora Flack. Preserving Your Past;
A Painless Guide to Writing Your Autobiography and Family History. Garden
City, N.J.: Doubleday and Co., 1977.
A how-to-do-it family history book.
Alex Haley. Roots; The Saga of an American Family. Garden
City, N.J.: Doubleday and Co., 1976.
This family saga, based on oral tradition, represents one man 5 search for his cultural identity and roots.
Mary Hufford. A
Tree Smells Like Peanut Butter: Folk Artists in a City School. Trenton; The New Jersey State Council on the Arts,1979.
A comprehensive guide to presenting traditional artists in classroom settings.
Mary Hufford, Marjorie Hunt, and Steven Zeitlin. The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, Legacy. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition
Service/Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1987.
This book, based on the same exhibition that generated this guide, explores the interplay of art, narrative, tradition, and the creativity of Elders.
Edward D. Ives. The
Tape-Recorded Interview:A Manual for Field Workers in Folklore and Oral
History. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee
This booklet explains the operation of the tape recorder and offers instructive advice on how to conduct a folklore and oral history interview.
Allan Lichtman. Your
Family History. New York: Random House, 1978.
Comprehensive guide to conducting family history research.
Guy Miles, Frances Hurley, and Faye Miles. Mamoo's Soggy Coconut Cake.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Miles Documentaries, Inc., 1979 (484 Cherokee Blvd.,
A family memory and recipe book.
Kathleen Mundell and Steven Zeitlin. Life Review: A Guide for Senior Citizens and Senior Citizen Groups. Pomona, N.Y.: Arts Council of Rockland, 1987.
Ideas for life review projects.
Studs Terkel. Hard
Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1970.
A collection of oral histories from people who lived through the Great Depression.
David Weitzman. My
Backyard History Book. Boston: Little, Brown and
A how-to family and local history book specifically aimed at children.
_____________ Underfoot; An Everyday Guide to Exploring the American Past. New York: Scribner's, 1976.
A well-designed book aimed at the amateur local historian.
Eliot Wigginton, ed. Foxfire. 9 vols. NewYork: Doubleday, 1971-86
A collection of the results of high school students' interviews with older community members in Rabun Gap, Georgia.
Steven Zeitlin, Amy Kotkin, and Holly Cutting Baker. A Celebration of American Family Folklore. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982.
A collection of family stories, traditions, photographs, and other family lore, with a valuable guide to interviewing one's own family.