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James B. Gardner and Peter S. LaPaglia, eds., Public History: Essays from the Field. Kreiger Publishing Co.: Malabar, FL, 1999

Barbara J. Howe and Emory L. Kemp, Public History: An Introduction. Kreiger Publishing Co.: Malabar, FL, 1986


Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes, eds., Oral History and Public Memories, (Temple University Press, 2008)

David F. Trask and Robert W. Pomeroy III, eds., The Craft of Public History: An Annotated Select Bibliography (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983)

David K. Dunaway and Willa K. Baum, eds., Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (Nashville: American Association for State and Local History in Cooperation with the Oral History association, 1984)

William W. Moss, Oral History Program Manual (New York: Praeger, 1974)

Willa K. Baum, Oral History for the Local Historical Society (Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1971)

Cullom Davis, Kathryn Black, and Kay McLean, Oral History: From Tape to Type (Chicago: American Library Association, 1977)

Brad Jolley, Videotaping Local History (Nashville: American Association for State and Local History (Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1982)

Donald A. Ritchie, Doing Oral History, A Practical Guide, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).


Guide to Federal Judicial Records
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Federal Judicial History Office (2010)


Douglas R. Appler, “Municipal Archaeology Programs and the Creation of Community Amenities,” The Public Historian Vol. 34 No. 3 (August 2012), 40–67.

Archaeology programs situated within city governments can serve useful purposes in uncovering and informing urban history. Three such programs, in Alexandria, Virginia; St. Augustine, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona, illustrate how archaeological work can result in “community-serving amenities” and “assets” for cities in terms of museums, public and private parks, monuments, heritage trails, transportation enhancement, and improved historical heritage.

Rebecca Conrad, “The Pragmatic Roots of Public History Education in the United States,” The Public Historian 37, No. 1 (February 2015), 119.

“At its core, the public history impulse springs from a fundamental belief in the utility of history and a persistent quest to apply historical knowledge to the contemporary needs of society. In more recent decades, the rich body of scholarship in memory and history, historical agency and authority, and the role of power in the production of history has forever changed our perception of audiences as passive receptors of historical knowledge to active agents in the process of history making.”

Jack M. Holl, “Getting on Track: Coupling the Society for History in the Federal Government to the Public History Train,” The Public Historian 21/3 (Summer 1999): 43–55.

Janet A. McDonnell, “Documenting Cultural and Historical Memory: Oral History in the National Park Service,” Oral History Review 30/2 (2003): 99–109.

Martin Reuss, “Government and Professional Ethics: The Case of Federal Historians,” The Public Historian Vol. 21, No. 3 (Summer 1999), 135–42.

Jesse Stiller, “Federal History Programs: Ensuring the Future,” The Public Historian Vol. 21 No. 3 (Summer 1999), 83-

Roger R. Trask, “Small Federal History Offices in the Nation’s Capitol.” The Public Historian Vol. 13, No. 1 (Winter 1991).

Roger R. Trask, “Starting Two Federal History Programs: Experiences and Lessons.” The Public Historian Vol. 21, No. 3 (Summer 1999).

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