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Oral History Links

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 Oral histories should be not be collecting what is already known but information and observations that cannot be found elsewhere. In addition to the sources on equipment and methods listed below, your best tool as an oral historian is a thorough knowledge of the subject you are approaching. Find all the published sources you can that will tell you more about the person you are going to interview and about what was going on at the time.


Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide

Vermont Folklife Center, frequently updated



Baylor University's Oral History Online Workshop



Capturing the Living Past: An Oral History Primer 

 Developed by Barbara Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan for the Nebraska State Historical Society



Express-scribe Transcription software

Express Scribe is a completely free program that is one component of a digital dictation and transcription suite.


Glossary of CD/DVD Terms 



Holy Grail of Digital Recording

Ryan Robbins, Media Specialist talks about digital recorders.



Media Formats and Resources

Richard Hess site. Demystifies recording formats.



Oral History Assocation



Oral History Tutorial

Michigan State University tutorial intended to assist researchers in implementing several important aspects of audio technology in the field, studio, and research lab.



Southern Oral History Program

SOHP's how-to guide



Start-stop dictation and transcription system

Software for transcribing from digital files

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