What was most difficult? Compile a list of topics or questions. Although most interviews last about two hours, if the narrator wishes to continue those wishes should be honored, if possible. What forms of discipline did they use and why? Just say, "I understand your grandfather came around the Horn to California. How accurate was my subject's reporting of her memories? You will catch this kind of questioning when you listen through the tape after the session, and you can avoid it the next time.
We all have stories to tell, stories we have lived from the inside out. As a door into the world of oral history, these pages give basic suggestions for collecting and preserving the valuable oral treasures around you, to enrich you and future generations.
Conducting Oral Histories with Family Members
Focuses on African American family history. What of the self-serving motives of the story teller? Races and ethnicities in neighborhood, what people did for a living, class differences. The Oral History Association encourages individuals and institutions involved with the creation and preservation of oral histories to uphold certain principles, professional and technical standards, and obligations. How can I ensure that the transcription is accurate? They repeat themselves and leave things out. I hope that these pages will encourage you to take the time and make the effort!