Historical Voices

Digital Library Site based around audio materials, housed at Michigan State Univeristy. Links online collections, discussions of best practices for digital audio

Historical Voices, part of the Digital Library Initiative (endowed by NSF , NEH), a site with online exhibits and educational materials, centered around audio files.

The site has a set of research papers (white papers) about issues of digitizing text and audio for archivists, libraries and curators.

Some linked collections in the Historical Voices Galleries:
Studs Terkel
Flint (MI) Strike
Earliest Voice Recordings, History and Politics Out Loud
Oyez Project (US Supreme Court)
... and then some.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 24, 2005 in • LinksOnline Oral History Collections
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Internet offers high-tech way to record history

Ventura County Star article points to resources on the internet for recording (and recorded) history.

The article about online resources for recording history, and the boom in historical resources now appearing on the internet. (reg required, but try bugmetnot reg)

Some sites mentioned in the article (all look very interesting)




Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 21, 2005 in • LinksOnline Oral History Collections
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Edirol R1 looks good

A reader in a forum gives a full report on the (new) Edirol R1 after it finally arrived and he had an opportunity to test it.

The post in the CNet MP3 Discussion thread by a person called Criggs. The

My personal need was a high-quality portable recorder that could record non-stop on one set of batteries in full bandwidth for 3 hours, on a storage medium that could hold a minimum of 6 hours. The short story is that, after extensive tinkering and experimentation this past weekend, I can report to you that this device can indeed do that, and as such gives promise of being an EXTREMELY POWERFUL, UNIQUE product.

Non-stop recording for 3 hours: It will handle an interview on a single set of batteries all right.


Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 16, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Listening ear

The State, South Carolina (03/15/2005) Collecting Oral Histories

The most effective tool in collecting an oral history, besides a working tape recorder, is a listening ear, according to Converse College history professor Melissa Walker.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 15, 2005 in • Do it: YourselfInterviewing
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Transom Tools: SHOUT OUT - A Kid’s Guide to Recording Stories

This page on Transom.org is a guide (for kids) on how to collect stories. It’s offered as a downloadable PDF, too.

Collecting stories is easier than you think. Find a park bench or front porch. Invite your grandmother, your friend, or coach to join you. And listen.

That’s the key. In the listening, you will hear stories that people often keep to themselves - that we don’t slow down enough to hear. These stories can be truer and more important than many things we hear on radio, see on TV or read in the newspaper.

This booklet will help you gather those stories. It is an introduction to spoken history.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 14, 2005 in • Do it: YourselfInterviewing
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