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Barbara W. Sommer

Barbara W. Sommer, M.A., has over 35 years of experience as a public historian and oral historian. She is the author of the award-winning book Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota. The book, which uses oral history to help tell the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota, won a Minnesota Book Award and a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. She also is the author and co-author of a number of books in the oral history field including The Oral History Manual (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard, the Community Oral History Toolkit, Practicing Oral History in Historical Organizations, and Doing Veterans Oral History. She holds degrees from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.

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The Oral History Manual, 3rd ed., with Mary Kay Quinlan (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)

Doing Veterans Oral History (Oral History Association, 2015)

Practicing Oral History in Historical Organizations (Routledge, 2015)

Community Oral History Toolkit, with Nancy MacKay and Mary Kay Quinlan (Routledge, 2013)

Quilt House: The International Quilt Study Center & Museum (The International Quilt Study Center & Museum in association with the University of Nebraska Press, 2012)

Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008)

American Indian Oral History: Making Many Voices Heard, with Charles E. Trimble and Mary Kay Quinlan (Routledge, 2008)

Through the Window: The Stories of Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Andersen Hulings as told to Barbara Sommer (HRK Group, 1998)

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