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Oral History

Preparing Oral History for the Archives


Chances are your local library, archives, museum, or heritage center will have an oral history collection.  It might be on reel-to-reel or videocassette. It might be in a box in a closet. Or it might be fully digitized and available online with detailed metadata and interactive searching capabilities.  How well of a resource an oral history project will become is greatly dependent upon how well you prepare your content for a post-project life.

Much of this work will be generated through out the project if you follow the standard practice.

File Naming - When transferring and saving your recordings from your recording media to secure hard drives or cloud storage, be sure to create consistent file and folder names.  This way they can not only be easily retrieval by you and the project team, but eventually the archival repository that will oversee stewardship of the collection.  This is explained further in the post-interview process.

Make Copies -  Once you have transferred your recordings and named the files, it is important to make derivative working and access copies.  This is explained further in the post-interview process.

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Creating Metadata and File Manifests - 

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