Tree thumbnailPreserving local history has become easier with the rise of technology and the prominence of oral history as a practice.

This Technical Leaflet from 1966 examines the importance of documenting local history and the technologies available for recording interviews.

William G. Tyrell overviews the oral history process, beginning with determining who should be interviewed and how to develop provocative questions for the interview.

Tyrell also explains the logistics of the interview with tips for asking clarifying questions and the best places to conduct the interview.

Also included is a discussion of how to properly transcribe the narration.

Technical Leaflet #35 (1973)

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