Oral history is a complex research methodology that takes time and practice to master. It is recommended that you access the many resources listed in this research guide to prepare for your oral history project. You can also reach out for our direct support to help you develop your oral history interviewing skills by filling out the Atkins Library Oral History Collaboration Request Form.
The following is a brief overview for conducting oral histories:
Without the consent and release form oral history interviews have limited value and cannot be archived.
The biographical form:
For creating forms we suggest that you consult the following book:
There are many choices for digital recording, whether your interviews are in person or virtual. It is very important to choose wisely for your project and to become comfortable and confident with your recording equipment. Your goal should be the best sound quality possible.
The following websites will help you research recording equipment:
Oral History in the Digital Age --see Ask Doug
Baylor Institute for Oral History --see Oral History Resources
There are numerous reliable online guides, text books, and other resources to assist you in planning and executing your oral history project. Some of these guides are listed below. The best place to start is with the Oral History Association’s Principles and Best Practices: