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340 Page Street, Suite #105

San Francisco, CA  94102

Basya Petnick

Oral Historian


             free consultation


It is time to thank you for the pleasure of my interview with you. I found your approach most refreshing and the end product most professional. You are both unique and outstanding in your chosen field.  


George C. Fleharty, San Francisco

May I say I loved the interview! It is the level of comfort you bring. Thank you for bringing forth what was in my heart.


Eileen Lemus, San Francisco

Empathizing with the object of your attention is what makes you a good interviewer, along with being a good writer. You also have a solid sense of beauty and your books are above and beyond in that department.


Charlotte Killigrew-des Tombe, Nevada City, California



Current Projects


Nevada County Bar Association, Oral History Consultant


Oral History of Zenkei Blanche Hartman, former Abbess, 

San Francisco Zen Center


The Norma Hotaling Archive and Legacy Project


Oral History of Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, PhD


Oral History of Cantor Roslyn Barak in partnership with


Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley





Major Projects (Completed)



Tibet Oral History Project -- consultant and planner for interviews of Tibetan exiles living in south India.


Museum of Performance & Design, Legacy Oral History Program -- managing editor, senior editor, and frequent interviewer for thirty-six full-life histories of significant Bay Area

performers in dance, music, and theater.


Kingston Trio Legacy Project -- oral history consultant and member of executive committee.


San Francisco Ballet Alumni Memory Project -- project director,  producing  fifty video and audio recordings of performance memories of prima ballerinas, soloists and principal dancers for the Ballet's 75th Anniversary.


Libby Denebeim -- oral history of a woman whose service on the San Francisco School Board, California Pacific Medical Center Board of Trustees,  Standing Against Global Exploitation Board of Directors, etc. helped to shape a great city; interviewer and editor.


Joseph Satten: A Memoir-- oral history rewritten as a memoir of a renowned forensic psychiatrist; interviewer and co-author, with Joseph Satten, MD.


Norma Satten: A Remembrance (an oral biography) - highly edited interviews of forty-eight persons recollecting the life and accomplishments of a public health advocate admired for her public service; interviewer and co-editor, with Deborah L. Satten.


   Congregation Beth Am Women, Past Presidents--video interviews for archive and publication.



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