Oral History and Archives in the New South Africa: Methodological Issues

  • Lisa Klopfer

Abstract

The upsurge of interest in oral history in South Africa raises a series of methodological questions for archivists. Existing approaches to oral history, whether folkloric, historical, or more focussed on community and identity, have rarely asked whether oral histories should function as records and, if so, how they should be appraised. This essay explores these questions and concludes with a call for more flexible, creative approaches to appraising oral histories.

Author Biography

Lisa Klopfer
Lisa Klopfer completed a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania, 1994) and a joint M.S.I. (Master of Science in Information) in Archives and Library Studies (University of Michigan, 2000). She is an Assistant Professor and Librarian at Eastern Michigan University.
Published
2001-11-01
How to Cite
Klopfer, Lisa. 2001. “Oral History and Archives in the New South Africa: Methodological Issues”. Archivaria 52 (November), 100-125. https://www.archivaria.ca/index.php/archivaria/article/view/12816.
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Articles