Oral history began as oral tradition, the passing down of information from generation to generation. Now we commit most everything to "paper." However, there are still places in the world where the passing of history is truly an oral tradition. Within our own families, oral tradition is the main way most of us retain our favorite family stories. Unfortunately, by not recording these stories, they frequently undergo changes as they pass from parent to child, also, with the advent of technology and the decline of the extended family, these family stories are becoming lost.
Flekke, Mary M.
"Oral History: Memories Transcribed,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 43
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol43/iss2/5