That's great! Now the real planning begins. Oral history projects take considerable time, training, research, money, and motivation.
Steven Sielaff, at the Baylor Institute for Oral History, breaks down the time you can expect for one, one-hour, interview to take.
Pre-Interview Research: 4-8 hours
Interview: 2-4 hours for onsite, 8 for local travel, 16 for longer
Audio Processing/Transcription: 15-20 hours
Review: 2-3 month wait
Post-Review Edits: 5 hours
Final Editing: 5 hours
Total: 30-60 hours, over 3-4 months
You can read more here: http://oralhistoryreview.org/oup-blog/in-the-oral-history-toolbox-oupblog
Don’t lose sight of what you’re trying to accomplish - create a mission statement
Please, follow guidelines and best practices
Finding a repository/archives
How much is this going to cost? One time expenses, ongoing expenses
How are you going to process these interviews?
Have you been trained in oral history interviewing?
Planning interview outline
How do I ask questions
Have you researched the topic of the interviews?
How can I keep track of everything needed for oral history rooted in best practice?
Purpose and Significance
While it could still be considered a debatable topic, the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services' "Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects" 2019 revisions now exclude oral history from IRB review and approval through a specific definition of research. The exclusion is found in the final regulations under Section 46.102 and are as follows:
Trinity University's Institutional Review Board follows the "Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects" 2019 revisions and the Office of Human Research Protections guidance. Please visit the Institutional Review Board T-Learn page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.