Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

4-15-2016

Department

Library

Abstract

The archival literature is full of calls to document under-represented voices, to create participatory archives, and to be an activist archivist. However, when funds and time are limited, these ideals can seem impossible to implement. What's an archivist to do? One easy and affordable option is to create an oral history program. This workshop will give you the skills and the confidence to start an oral history program at your own institution. It will cover the main steps from performing preliminary research and developing questions all the way through thinking about how to promote and use your oral histories once they've been transcribed and edited. Participants will leave this workshop with a step-by-step plan to start an oral history program once they return to their institutions.

Comments

This session was presented at MARAC, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, held April 14–16, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Session description:

This mini-workshop will give you the skills and the confidence to start an oral history program at your own institution. It will cover the key steps from performing preliminary research and developing questions all the way through thinking about how to promote and use your oral histories once they've been transcribed and edited. Participants will leave this workshop with a step-by-step plan for starting an oral history program once they return to their institutions.

Moderator and Speaker:

  • Kelsey Duinkerken, Thomas Jefferson University

Speakers:

  • Jeanne Swadosh, The New School
  • Devin McKinney, Gettysburg College

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