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The MLA Oral History committee has created two PDF documents to help MLA chapters conduct their own music-related oral history projects. Whether you have conducted an oral history interview or not, these will help you get started with your chapter’s oral history project. Please contact the MLA OH chair if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way with your project!
How to Conduct MLA Oral History Interviews
MLA Oral History Interview Questions
MLA Oral Histories date back to those conducted by Carol June Bradley in 1985 – 1988 for use in her many articles and books. Among these are profiles of a variety of MLA members, and a history of the events leading to the formation of MLA in 1931 (published in the June 1981 edition of Notes). Carol went on to publish her remarkable book American Music Librarianship: A Biographical and Historical Survey (see review in Notes, March 1991).
Besides oral histories held at the national level of MLA, many individual MLA chapters have conducted their own oral histories. Details will be shared here as they become available.
Oral History resources are readily available online. A typical list of resources may be viewed at the Chicago Area Archivists Oral History page.
List of MLA oral histories held at the MLA archives:
75th MLA Anniversary, Plenary Session
23-24 February 2006
8 July 1996
Blotner, Linda Solow
10 February 1996
13 February 1998
Campbell, Frank C.
2-3 December 1986
29 January 1997
Davidson, Mary Wallace
9 February 1996
12 June 1988
6 February 1993
Krummel, Donald M.
6 March 1994
13 November 1992
6 December 1985
12 July 1997
9 March 1993
Miller, Philip L.
2 December 1986
21-22 July 1988
16 April 1996
Sommer, Susan "Suki" T.
13 December 1985
If you have a question about MLA oral histories, please do not hesitate to contact the Oral History Committee chair.