This website is devoted to making the history of
the Rural Sociological Society and rural
sociology more accessible.
Additions and suggestions are always welcome!
RSS Oral History Project
RSS Oral History Project is
collective effort to capture the memories, recollections, and
insights of members of the Rural Sociological Society.
three goals form the focus of the project:
develop a sense of where rural sociology has been, what
progress it has made, and where it is heading;
compare past challenges/issues/opportunities with those
of today; and
develop a better understanding of the relationship
between sociology and rural sociology.
While the initial
focus has been on interviewing past presidents, all
interviews are welcome.
In addition to past
Presidents of RSS, those in other leadership positions should
also be interviewed (ie. Treasurer/Executive Director,
Editors of Rural
Sociology, Editors of The Rural Sociologist, etc).
Click here for the Brochure
will be conducted by volunteers, likely from within the RSS
membership, but anyone is welcome.
Persons living close to the interviewees are particularly encouraged to conduct an
interview follows a semi-structured format with 5 questions
common to all interviews.
These are only
intended as a starting place.
interviewees are encouraged to follow whatever path they prefer
as their time available allows.
How did you
become interested in rural sociology?
What led you to
decide to become active in (or run for President of) RSS?
What were some
of the dominant issues or challenges confronting RSS/rural
sociology or rural society
when you first joined RSS and/or were President?
If you were
involved in other associations (e.g. ASA, PAA, regional
associations), based on that experience,
how was rural sociology/RSS seen by those within that
What do you see
as the future issues or challenges for RSS as an
organization or rural sociology as a field?
interviews will be recorded and copies deposited in the RSS
Archives at the University of Missouri.
Paperwork for Conducting an Interview
These resources have been updated 2012.
are the key documents that interviewers will need to conduct
This provides a summary of the project as well as key details.
Release and Consent Form
– For the interviews to be accessible to researchers, both the
interviewee and interviewer need to sign a release and consent
form. This should be returned with the recording of the
Biographical Cover Sheet
– This coversheet is intended to help participants gather key
biographical information on their interviewee. These should be
returned with the recording of the completed interview.
This is a checklist of the key items that need to be completed.
These resources have been updated 2012.
The 5 common questions were selected from a much longer list.
These are included in case you
might find them
follow-ups, prompts, or as inspiration for other, more
List of Past Presidents and Interviews Conducted
While the initial focus is to conduct interviews with past
presidents, not all of our past presidents are
still with us or
do not have current contact information. In case
interviewers would like to ask their interviewee
past presidents, this is a full list
and the years they served.
and Standards of the Oral History Association
Oral history is an entire field onto itself. This document
provides selections from the
principals and standards document
developed by the Oral History Association to provide guidance on conducting oral history.
document of the Oral History Association is available at:
There are many resources online to help anyone interested in
doing oral history. The Baylor University
Oral History WORKSHOP
ON THE WEB is a good place with many resources (http://www.baylor.edu/oral_history/index.php?id=23566).
In addition to those at Baylor, the list
places on the web that also contain useful resources.
information, or to sign up to conduct one of the interviews,
Professor, Rural Sociology
Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky
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