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Suggested References - Books
General Work on Oral History
Bartis, Peter. . Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, orig. 1979, rev. 2002.
—--------------------------------------------------------------------, eds. Thinking about Oral History: Theories and Applications. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2007.Haggan, N., Brignall, C. and Wood, L. (eds). 2003. . FCRR, Vol. 11(1).
Recording Technology and Transcription
Bogart, John W.C. Van. Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling: A Guide for Libraries and
Oral History Education
Wendling, Barry A. Lanman and Laura M., ed. Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2006.
Wood, Linda P. Oral History Projects in Your Classroom. Oral History Association Publication, 2001. Accessed at http://www.oralhistory.org/publications/pamphlet-series/ (June 4, 2009).
Books Based on Oral History (organized by region)
Albee, Parker Bishop, Jr. Letters from the Sea, 1882-1901, Joanna and Lincoln Colford's Seafaring Childhood. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House and Penobscot Maritime Museum, unknown publication date.
Barringer, Richard. Changing Maine: 1960-2010. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House and University of Southern Maine, 2004.
Bunting, W.H. The Camera’s Coast: Historic Images of Ships and Shore in New England. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 2006.
Bunting, W.H. Sea Struck. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House and Martha's Vineyard Historical Museum and New Bedford Whaling Museum, unknown publication date.
Calabretta, Fred. Fishing out of Stonington. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport, 2004.
Campbell, Douglas A. The Sea’s Bitter Harvest. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003.
Carey, Richard Adams. Against the Tide: The Fate of the New England Fisherman. New York: Mariner Books, 2000.
Crocker, Mike. Sharing the Ocean: Stories of Science, Politics and Ownership from America’s Oldest Industry. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House and Northeast Atlantic Marine Alliance, 2008.
Dobbs, David. The Great Gulf: Fishermen, Scientists, and the Struggle to Revive the World’s Greatest Fishery. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2000.
Frew, David. Long Gone: The Story of the Marquette & Bessemer #2. Erie, PA: Erie Historical Society, 2002.
Garland, Joseph. Down to the Sea: The Fishing Schooners of Gloucester. David R. Godine, 1983.
Garland, Joseph. Gloucester on the Wind: America’s Greatest Fishing Port in the Days of Sail. Dover, NH: Arcadia Publishing, 1995.
Greenlaw, Linda. All Fishermen are Liars: True Tales from the Dry Dock Bar. New York: Hyperion, 2004.
Greenlaw, Linda. The Hungry Ocean. New York, Hyperion, 1999.
Greenlaw, Linda. The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island. New York: Hyperion, 2003.
Horton, Tom. An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.
Johnson, Tora. Entanglements: The Interwined Fates of Whales and Fishermen. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2005.
Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1997.
Kurlansky, Mark. The Big Oyster: A History on the Half Shell. New York: Ballantine Books, 2006.
Kurlansky, Mark. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World. New York: Penguin, 1998.
Kurlansky, Mark. The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town. New York: Ballantine Books, 2008.
Leavans, John. The Catboat Era in Newport, Rhode Island. Ed. Judith Navas Lund. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 2005.
Lee, Linsey. Vineyard Voices: Words, Faces and Voices of Island People. Edgartown, MA: Martha’s Vineyard Historical Museum, 1998.
Lee, Linsey. More Vineyard Voices: Words, Faces and Voices of Island People. Edgartown, MA: Martha’s Vineyard Historical Museum, 2005.
Macfarlane, Sandy. Rowing Forward, Looking Back: Shellfish and the Tides of Time in the Elbow of Cape Cod. Pleasant Bay, MA: Friends of Pleasant Bay, 2002. Available at www.FOPB.org.
McDonald, Robert J. and Frew, David. Home Port Erie: Voices of Silent Images. Erie, PA: Erie County Historical Society, 2997.
Mackenzie, Jr., Clyde. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992.
Mensch, Barbara C. and Phillip Lopate. South Street. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.
Molyneaux, Paul. The Doryman’s Reflection. New York: Basic Books, 2005.
Norling, Lisa. Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
Orleans, Laura and Bendiksen, Kirsten. Voices from the Waterfront: Portrait of the New Bedford Fishing Industry. North Stonington, CT: Fowler Road Press, 2010.
Paine, Lincoln P. Down East: A Maritime History of Maine. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House and OpSail Maine, 2000.
Patrick, Jim and Benchely, Rob – photographer. Scallop Season: A Nantucket Chronicle. Autopscot Press, 2002.
Pierce, Olive. Up River: The Story of a Maine Fishing Community. UPNE, 1996.
Playfair, Susan. Vanishing Species, Saving the Fish, Sacrificing the Fishermen. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2005.
Preble, Dave. The Fishes of the Sea. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Sheridan House, 2001.
Ridgway, Merce. The Bayman: A Life on Barnegat Bay. Down the Shore Publishing, 2006.
Smith, Leah J. and Susan B. Peterson. The New England Fishing Industry: A Basis for Management. WHOI Technical Paper, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA, August 1977.
Thompson, Ellery. Draggerman’s Haul. Mystic, CT: Flat Hammock Press, 1950.
Tollefson, Astrid. Following the Waters: Voices from the Final Norwegian Emigration. Brewster, MA: Leifur Publications, 2005.
Trueworthy, Nance. Down the Shore: The Faces of Maine’s Coastal Fisheries. Camden, ME: Down East, 2004.
Vickers, Daniel. Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.
Vincent, Ellen. Down on the Island, Up on the Main: A Recollected History of South Bristol Maine. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House and South Bristol Historical Society, 2003.
Warner, William. Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay. New York, NY: Back Bay Books, 1994.
Whynott, Douglas. Giant Bluefin. San Franciso, CA: North Point Press, 1995.
Woodward, Colin. The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier. New York: Viking, 2004.
Southeast, including Caribbean
Buckley, Michael. Voices of the Chesapeake Bay. Edgewater, MD: Geared Up Publications, 2008.
Burrell, Victor G., Jr. The Recreational Fishery in South Carolina: The Little River Story. Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, unknown publication date.
Burrell, Victor G., Jr. South Carolina Oyster Industry: A History. Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, unknown publication date.
Cecelski, David S. The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
Chowning, Larry S. Harvesting the Chesapeake: Tools and Traditions. Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1990.
DeVries, Janet. Sportfishing in Palm Beach County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
Durrenberger, E. Paul. Gulf Coast Soundings: People and Policy in the Mississippi Shrimp Industry. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1996.
Durrenberger, E. Paul. “It’s All Politics”: South Alabama’s Seafood Industry. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992.
Edic, Robert F. Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida. Institute of Archaelogy and Paleoenvironmental Studies, University of Florida: Gainesville, 1996.
Eidse, Faith. Voices of the Apalachicola . Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.
Feltault, Kelly. It’s How You Pick the Crab: An Oral Portrait of Eastern Shore Crab Picking. St. Michaels, MD: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, unknown publication date.
Fritchey, Robert. Wetland Riders, Mobile: New Moon Press, 1993.
Garrity-Blake, Barbara. The Fish Factory: Work and Meaning for Black and White Fishermen in the American Menhaden Industry. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2005.
Green, Ben. Finest Kind: A Celebration of a Florida Fishing Village . Cocoa, Fla.: The Florida Historical Society, 2007.
Holland, F. Ross. Maryland Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay. Crownsville, MD: Maryland Historical Trust Press, 1997.
Jacoby, Mark E. Working the Chesapeake: Watermen on the Bay. College Park, MD: Maryland Sea Grant, 1991.
Johnson, Paula. Working the Water: The Commercial Fisheries of Maryland’s Patuxent River. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1988.
Lawson, Glenn. The Last Waterman: A True Story. Crisfield, MD: Crisfield Publishing, 1988.
Levinson, Josh. Dropnet Tribes: Making a Day’s Work in North Carolina’s Winter Fishery. Masters Degree Thesis. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. 2002.
Mullen, Patrick. I Heard the Old Fishermen Say: Folklore of the Texas Gulf Coast. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1978.
Perez, Karni R. Fishing for Gold: The Story of Alabama’s Catfish Industry. Tuscaloosa, AL: Alabama University Press, 2006.
Perdue, Theda. Nations Remembered: An Oral History of the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles in Oklahoma, 1865-1907. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993.
Rogers, William Warren, and Lee Willis III. At the Water’s Edge: A Pictorial and Narrative History of Apalachicola and Franklin County . Virginia Beach, Va.: The Donning Company Publishers, 2004.
Sheffield, David A. and Nicovich, Darnell L. When Biloxi was the Seafood Capital of the World. Biloxi, MS: City of Biloxi, 1979.
Simmons, Glen and Laura Ogden. Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1998.
Sullivan, Charles and Powell, Murella Hebert. The Mississippi Gulf Coast: Portrait of a People. Northridge: Windsor Publications, 1985.
Trubyville, Linda. Bay Beacons: Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay. Trappe, MD: Eastwind Publishing, 1995.
Vojtech, Pat. Lighting the Bay: Tales of Chesapeake Lighthouses. Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1996.
Warner, William W. Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay. Boston: Little, Brown Books, 1976.
West, Susan and Barbara Garrity-Blake. Fish House Opera. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport, 2003.
Widmer, Randolph J. The Evolution of the Calusa: A Nonagricultural Chiefdom of the Southwest Florida Coast . Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1988.
Younker, Richard. "Yankin’ and Liftin" Their Whole Lives: A Mississippi River Fishermen. Carbondale, IL: University of Southern Illinois Press, 2000.
Chiarappa, Michael and Kristin Szylvian. Fish for All: An Oral History of Multiple Claims and Divided Sentiment on Lake Michigan. East Lansing: MI: Michigan State University Press, 2003.
Cochrane, Timothy and Hawk Tolson. A Good Boat Speaks for Itself: Isle Royale Fishermen and Their Boats. University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Jensen, Trygvie. Through Waves and Gales Come Fishermen’s Tales. De Pere, WI: Paisa (Alt) Publishing Co., 2008
Jensen, Trygvie. Wooden Boats and Iron Men: History of Commercial Fishing in Northern Lake Michigan & Door County, 1850-2005. De Pere, WI: Paisa Publishing Co., 2007.
Lund, Jens. Flatheads and Spoonies: Fishing for a Living in the Ohio River Valley. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995.
Duncan, Jeanne. Trolling on the Edge – the Story of a Noyo Fisherman. Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2001.
Hallowell, Joell and Coke Hallowell, editors. Take me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin, Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2010.
McKibben, Carol Lynn. Beyond Cannery Row: Sicilian Women, Immigration and Community in Monterey, California. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
Orbach, Michael. 1977. Hunters, Seamen and Entrepreneurs: The Tuna Seinermen of San Diego. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Ries, Ed. Fishing Barges of California 1921-1998. Monterey, CA: Monterey Publications, 2000.
Allison, Charlene J., Sue-Ellen Jacobs, and Mary A. Porter. Winds of Change: Women in Northeast Commercial Fishing. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1990.
Boxberger, Daniel L. To Fish in Common: The Ethnohistory of Lummi Indian Salmon Fishing. University of Washington Press, 2000.
De Santis, Marie. Neptune’s Apprentice: Adventures of a Commercial Fisherwoman. San Francisco, CA: Presidio, 1984.
Eder, Michelle Longo. Salt in Our Blood. Newport, OR: Salt in Our Blood, 2008.
Gilmore, Janet. The World of the Oregon Fishboat: A Study in Maritime Folklore. Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 1999.
Martin, Irene. Legacy and Testament: The Story of Columbia River Gillnetters. Washington State University, 1994.
Moen, Lynn, editor. Voices of Ballard: Immigrant Stories from the Vanishing Generation, Nordic Heritage Museum and Swedish-Finn Historical Society, 2001.
Moskovita, Captain George. Living Off the Pacific Ocean Floor. Self published, 2000.
Ulrich, Roberta. Empty Nets: Indians, Dams and the Columbia River. Oregon State University Press, 1999.
White, Richard. The Organic Machine. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.
Arnold, David F. The Fishermen’s Frontier: People and Salmon in Southeast Alaska. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.
Bender, Bert. Catching the Ebb: Drift-fishing for a Life in Cook Inlet. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2008.
Fields, Leslie Leyland. Out on the Deep Blue: Women, Men and the Oceans They Fish. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.
Fienup-Riordan, A. When our bad season comes: a cultural account of subsistence harvesting and harvest disruption on the Yukon Delta. Alaska Anthropological Association, Anchorage, Alaska, 1986.
Jones, Stan and Bushell, Sharon. The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster. Epicenter Press, 2009.
Lord, Nancy. Fish Camp: Life on an Alaskan Shore. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2000
Metcalfe, Kimberly L., ed. In Sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. Juneau, Alaska: Hazy Island Books, 2008.
Newton, Richard G. and Madonna L. Moss. Haa Atxaayi Haa Kusteeyix Sitee-Our Food is Our Tlingit Way of Life: Excerpts of Oral Interviews. Juneau: United States Forest Service, Alaska Region, 2005.
Upton, Joe. Alaska Blues: A Fisherman's Journal. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Northwest Publishing Company, 1977.
Hawaii and Pacific Islands
Amesbury, S; F. Cushing, R Sakamoto. 1986. Fishing on Guam. Guide to the Coastal Resources of Guam: Vol 3. University of Guam Press. (Combines archaeology and oral history.)
Glazier, Edward. 2006. Hawaiian Fishermen. Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology Series. Wadsworth Publishing Company.
Johannes, R.E. 1981. Words of the Lagoon: Fishing and Marine Lore in the Palau District of Micronesia. Berkeley, University of California Press, 245 pp.
Johannes, R.E., ed. 1990. Contribution of Traditional Knowledge to Environmental Science. International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, IUCN Conservation Science Series No. 1.
Maly, Kepa and Onaona Maly. 2005. “Mauna Kea – Ka Piko Kaulana O Ka ‘Äina”
Ruddle, K. and R.E. Johannes, eds. 1985. The Traditional Knowledge and Management of Coastal Systems in Asia and the Pacific. Jakarta, Indonesia: UNESCO.
McCloskey, William. Their Father’s Work: Casting Nets with the World’s Fishermen. Thomaston, ME: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 2000.
Glenn, Morris F. and Katherine A. Teetor. The Historic Thompson’s Point Fishing Ground. Charlotte, VT: Charlotte Historical Society, 2005.
Greenleaf, Elizabeth Bristol and Grace Yarrow Mansfield. Ballads and Sea-Songs of Newfoundland. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1933.
Iglauer, Edith. Fishing With John. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 1992.
Newell, Dianne and Rosemary E. Ommer. Fishing Places, Fishing People: Traditions and Issues in Canadian Small Scale Fisheries. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.
Oakley, Barbara A. Hair of the Dog: Tales from Aboard a Russion Trawler. Washington State University, 1996.
Smylie, Mike. Herring: The History of Silver Darlings. London: Tempus, 2004.
Walley, Christine J. 2004. Rough Waters: Nature and Development in an East African Marine Park. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 336 pp.
The list does not imply endorsement of any particular work. This is not a complete list. This list will be updated periodically to include additional material brought to our attention.
The Voices from the Fisheries Project does not verify the accuracy of materials submitted to us. The opinions expressed in the interviews are those of the interviewee only and are made available to the public with their consent.
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