The interview is at the core of Oral History, but what comes before and after are important steps in the research process and are often passed over quickly. By preparing the scene of the interview and making sure that we have gone through all of the steps to preserve and document the interview, we make the recording sustainable and accessible as an historical source for research.
How do we prepare for an interview? What do we need to do before and after? How do we turn the recording into an historical source?
Warm-up (10 minutes):
We start the session by brainstorming with participants:
Group Work (40 minutes):
We divide the participants into 2 groups and give Handout 33: ‘Day of’ Checklist to one group and Handout 34: Creating an Historical Source. Each participant reads their handout, discusses it in their group and plans a fun, creative and catchy way of presenting the information to the other group.
Group Presentations (40 minutes):
Each group takes between 8-10 minutes to present the information they worked on. During the presentation, each group distributes a copy of its handout to the other group.
At the end, we address any questions the participants may have and/or focus on points that need more emphasis or explanation.
“Archiving Oral History: Manual of Best Practices.” Adopted October 2019. Oral History Association (OHA), 2022
“Introduction to Oral History.” The Institute for Oral History, 2016, Baylor University.
“Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe.” LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University.