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BIS 490: Asian American Media in the Pacific Northwest (Gustafson): Oral History

Oral History Basics

What is oral history?

The Oral History Centre: What is Oral History? (2016) by Dr. Alexander Freund, Director, Oral History Centre, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Making Sense of Oral History. What is Oral History?  essay by Linda Shopes on History Matters, created by the American Social History Project, Center for Media and Learning (Graduate Center, CUNY), and Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (George Mason University)

Doing Oral History


I.  Interviewer preparation

  • Topic selection
  • Background research
  • Question development
  • Archiving arrangements

II.  Participant agreement

III.  Interview

  • Recording
  • Field notes

IV.  Transcript

  • Complete text
  • Review by participant

V.  Archiving

  • Metadata for description & access
  • Public access
  • Preservation


Oral History Collections in the Pacific Northwest

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