The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide

View as web pages or download entire pdf. A guide by Marjorie Hunt published and made freely available by the Smithsonian Institution.

From the introduction:

We hope that the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide inspires you to turn to members of your own family and community as key sources of history, culture, and tradition. But where does one start? This booklet presents some guidelines Smithsonian folklorists have developed over the years for collecting folklife and oral history from family and community members. It features a general guide to conducting an interview, as well as a sample list of questions that may be adapted to your own needs and circumstances. The booklet concludes with a few examples of ways to preserve and present your findings, a selection of further readings, a glossary of key terms, and sample information and release forms.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 08, 2004 in • Interviewing
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