Tree thumbnailOral histories are a unique type of historical resource different from written documents. Barbara Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan explain the characteristics of oral histories and how to conduct oral history interviews.

They define the terminology specific to the process and conclude the leaflet with a glossary of terms.

This primer outlines every aspect of the interview process, from picking out the appropriate equipment for the interview to the forms that need to be filled out for proper ownership of the recording.

Those new to the field of oral history will find the outline of what to do before, during, and after the interview particularly helpful as they prepare for their inaugural conversation.

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 12, Using Oral History.

A Guide to Oral History Interviews TL#210 (2000)