Effective oral history practices

Many of these recommendations are based on the original Texas After Violence Project Oral History Handbook by Antony Cherian and Mark Westmoreland, Seed Documentary Cooperative, prepared for a February 2008 training, and the revision of that handbook by Antony Cherian and Gabe Solis in Fall 2008. These recommendations were modified over time with the experiences and insights of many people.

These practices are effective, but maybe there are other ways to listen and record. What do you think?

What to do well before the interview

What to do in the day or two BEFORE the interview

What to take with you to the interview

What to do at the interview – notes for interviewers/facilitators

What not to do

What to do immediately after the interview

Write a thank you note to the person you just interviewed within three days of the interview