Technical Leaflet 210: A Guide to Oral History Interviews
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A Guide to Oral History Interviews is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #210 by Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan explains the characteristics of oral histories and how to conduct oral history interviews. Oral histories are a unique type of historical resource different from written documents. 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.