Distributed by Northeast Historic Film, P. Handle all photos by the edges and transport them protected by stiff cardboard in envelopes. Depending on the project goals and archival plans, the paperwork can get quite involved or it can stay simple. Because oral history depends upon living people as sources, we have limits; we can go back one lifetime. Oral history is so flexible that people of all ages can adapt the techniques of asking and listening to create and learn about history and historical narratives. We all have stories to tell, stories we have lived from the inside out. The human life span puts boundaries on the subject matter that we collect with oral history.
Oral history is the systematic collection of living people's testimony about their own experiences. When did their family first buy them and how did the family use them?
Conducting Oral Histories with Family Members
What were their duties around the house as a child? These documents are not intended to be an inclusive primer on oral history; for that there are numerous manuals, guidebooks, and theoretical discussions. If you have a third person in the room, what you will get is the two people's agreed-upon version of reality in which individual experiences do not emerge as clearly and viewpoints that do not fit into the shared reality do not get aired. What of the inaccuracies that creep into meaning when trying to put a conversation onto paper? And, above all, back your recordings up in several different places-you don't want those memories to vanish with a computer crash or a lost flash drive. Have a system to label and file everything.