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Pearl Harbor Oral Histories with Ann Hoog

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Ann Hoog discusses After the Day of Infamy: 'Man-on-the-Street' Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Library of Congress Web Sites of Interest
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor, American Memory
Opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States.
Alan Lomax, 1915-2002 by James B. Hardin
An appreciation written recently upon the death of Alan Lomax (1915-2002), one of the original staff members of the Library of Congress's Archive of American Folk Song (now known as the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) and a pioneer in documentary recording, and one of the instigators of the Pearl Harbor oral history project.
The Archive of Folk Culture
The Library of Congress's Archive of Folk Culture Web page. Includes finding aids, links, and other resources.
The Veterans History Project
Information on the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project, which is creating a repository of oral histories of United States combatants.
Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress
Original material including prints, photographs, drawings, poems, eye-witness accounts and personal reactions, headlines, books, magazines, songs, maps, videotapes and films collected by Library of Congress staff.
Other Web Sites of Interest
Remembering Pearl Harbor
A multimedia presentation from the National Geographic Society on the attack on Pearl Harbor. Includes an interactive map, an hour-by-hour synopsis of events, and first-hand accounts of the day from participants on both sides.
Naval Station at Pearl Harbor
The official Web site of the Naval Station at Pearl Harbor. It contains a link to a separate site on the history of the Dec 7, 1941, attack, as well as information on such diverse subjects as the ships present during the attack, the events marking the 60th anniversary of the attack, and a virtual tour of the historic sites.
Naval Station Pearl Harbor Historic Tour
Another Web site produced by the U.S. Navy on the events of Dec 7, 1941. Includes a transcription of President Franklin Roosevelt's speech on December 8, 1941: "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan..."
July 1942: United We Stand
An online exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution documents the story behind "United We Stand," a media campaign designed to boost the morale of the American people demoralized several months earlier by the attack on Pearl Harbor. The campaign put the flag on the cover of magazines across the United States throughout July 1942.
Center for Oral History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Thirty-three civilians -- reflecting Hawaii's diverse occupations, lifestyles, and ethnicities -- talk about World War II and how it affected their everyday lives. The site includes two audio clips featuring eyewitness accounts of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
A More Perfect Union
Another online exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, this one exploring the relationship between the Japanese Americans interned during World War II and the civil rights provided for citizens under the United States Constitution.
Other Materials of Interest
Pearl Harbor and Oral History

Berry, Henry.This is No Drill!: Living Memories of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. New York: Berkley Books, 2001. LC call number: D767.92 .B47 1992

Hoopes, Roy, ed. Americans Remember the Home Front: An Oral Narrative of the World War II Years in America. New York: Berkley Books, 2002. LC call number: E806 .A642 2002

Travers, Paul Joseph. Eyewitness to Infamy: An Oral History of Pearl Harbor. Lanham, Md.: Madison Books: Distributed by National Book Network, 1991. LC call number: D767.92 .T68 1991

About Oral History and Fieldwork

Allen, Barbara, and William L. Montell. From Memory to History: Using Oral Sources in Local Historical Research. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1981. LC call number: D16 .A38

Bartis, Peter. Folklife and Fieldwork: A Layman's Introduction to Field Techniques. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. Revised edition, 2002

Georges, Robert A., and Michael Owen Jones.People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980. LC call number: H62 .G46

Ives, Edward D. The Tape-Recorded Interview: A Manual for Field Workers in Folklore and Oral History. 2nd edition. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995. LC call number: GR45.5 .I93 1995

Jackson, Bruce.Fieldwork. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987. LC call number: GR45.5 .J33 1987

Additional Resources
The Oral History Association
Web site has links to many other sources for doing oral history and locating other oral history collections.
American Folklore Society
Web site includes information about the study of folklife and additional resources on conducting fieldwork.
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