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AU Oral History Project: Home

What is Oral History?

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.

Principles and Best Practices

The Oral History Association has created a guide for principles and best practices. This ensures consistency, whether it's your 1st oral history or your 101st. 

History 112 Oral History Project

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.

#1 Oral History Tip

SILENCE IS OKAY! The person you are interviewing is thinking about their answer. Don't feel uncomfortable; just be patient.

iPads = Next Generation Recording Tool

The oral historian set up 3 different recording mechanisms. (From the blog Family Oral History Using Digital Tools)