From the Oral History Association
Oral History: Defined
Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. Oral history is both the oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word, and one of the most modern, initiated with tape recorders in the 1940s and now using 21st-century digital technologies.
In this class, you are tasked with recording a 5 minute oral history interview and then transcribing the content. This guide is here to help you with the nuts and bolts of this project.
SILENCE IS OKAY! The person you are interviewing is thinking about their answer. Don't feel uncomfortable; just be patient.