Journal Article

Secrets, Lies, and Misremembering: Take II

Sandy Polishuk

in The Oral History Review

Published on behalf of Oral History Association

Volume 32, issue 2, pages 51-58
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0094-0798
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1533-8592 | DOI:
Secrets, Lies, and Misremembering: Take II

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In the editing of Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila, discrepancies emerged between what Ruuttila told author Sandy Polishuk and what others—in particular her brother—had to say. Polishuk was forced to figure out which version she believed and to understand why Ruuttilla had told her what she had when it did not appear accurate. It then became Polishuk's responsibility to inform readers where Ruuttila was embellishing, as well as why she did so. Ruuttila wrote fiction and poetry, and on at least one occasion the author believes she used her fiction as the basis for a story she told about herself. The author feels it possible to honor her story and to tell it and, when necessary, let readers know where Ruuttila embroidered and where she just plain made it up.

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Subjects: Oral History

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