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.
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.
Saginaw, MI: Oral History project continues w/o grant. Lives of minority residents who helped build the city.
Saginaw News (Mlive) story.
It’s a long haul to get everything completed. Whaddaya do when the grant money runs out? Continue on, at a much slower pace.
...A Saginaw native delved inside the lives of minority residents who helped build the city.
Michelle S. Johnson, a former professor at Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, interviewed 35 black and Hispanic residents beginning in 1999.
The result is the Saginaw Oral History Project, which Johnson hopes offers a peek into the religious, economic and cultural impact minorities had on their hometown.
When the grant expired two years ago, Johnson said, she still ...Read More
Baton Rouge, LA: Felicianas’ black history. Interviewees aged 64 to 104.
Baton Rouge: 2theadvocate.com
Travis Carter, Louis Emery, William Gilmore Sr., Alice Johnson, Elizabeth Lee, Geraldine London, Violet Pate, Turlie Richardson, Sallie Smith, Sallie Whitfield-Mackie and Louise Williams—ages 64 to 104—were interviewed in 2004 by folklorists and volunteers with the West Feliciana African American Heritage Task Force.
The Other Hollywood (porn industry) in an oral history
Star Tribune on Hollywood books, including this one:
“The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry,” by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne with Peter Pavia (ReganBooks, 620 pages, $27.95).
If people have done something, there can be an oral history about it.
NJ.com: Save our History Grant awarded
MILLVILLE—The History Channel has announced the award of a “Save Our History” grant to the Millville Army Air Field Museum and Millville Memorial High School to partner in an oral history project.
The project would preserve the community’s and museum’s important role in preserving the history of the air field as a training facility for pilots about to go overseas for the European Theater during World War II.
The MAAFM was one of only 29 organizations out of about 700 who applied to be awarded a grant to fund innovative educational projects designed to being communities and children together to preserve their local history.
Students conduct the interviews.
Results will be part of ...Read More
From Roni Music comes software to slow down (or speed up) music without changing pitch. Windows and Mac. $44.95. Designed to slow down music so other musicians can figure out that cool guitar lick (or whatever), this may be helpful to slow down speech for transcription.
USB Digital Audio Capture . Cross Platform (Win 98/Me/@000/XP and MacOS X). “The UA-1D is the simplest way to add S/Pdif connections to your computer. S/Pdif (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a standard audio transfer file format.”
A discussion of digital recording issues posted at the Tape transcription Center (of Boston).
Talking Across the Lines: Oral tradition and folk tradition from Appalaicha. Workshops, too.
Center for History and New Media
Since 1994, the Center for History and New Media has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history�to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past. We sponsor more than a dozen digital history projects and offer free tools and resources for historians.
Put together by the Vermont Folklife Center, in Middlebury VT, this Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide is described, “This document is designed to offer guidance to researchers interested in obtaining audio recording equipment for conducting folklore, ethnomusicology and oral history fieldwork projects.”
Tech News on ZDNet:
SanDisk is releasing its first line of digital audio players to help expand use of its key product, flash memory.
Portland State University Vanguard Oral history no more
Facing a budget shortfall of about $1 million, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has cut its oral history program, a key resource for recording Oregon’s history, according to former OHS employees.
Over its 28-year existence, the oral history program staff taught oral history while conducting more than 2,100 interviews, overseeing 8,400 recorded hours of tape and garnering praise as the largest oral history collection in the Pacific Northwest.