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National Oral History Association of New Zealand
Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu

Fostering professional standards in oral history, and bringing together those interested in oral history

Wellington Workshops

Kia ora

We still have vacancies for the next suite of oral history workshops in Wellington. These start next week. If you are interested, please get in touch or read on.

Judith Fyfe and Lynette Shum will be your tutors.

Essentials of Oral History (two day course)

Read the Wellington Flyer here for workshops November, December 2014

Day One: Introduction to Oral History
Saturday 8 November 2014 8.45am-4.30pm
An introduction to oral history methodology. How to plan an oral history project, choose the best equipment, achieve clear audio recordings, select informants, follow ethical procedures, develop questioning techniques, process oral history, and make the material available for use. Bring a recorder if you have one you intend to use for recording. Exercises to be completed before Day Two will be discussed.

Day Two: Recording Seriously
Saturday 29 November 2014

Recording Seriously builds on Day One: Introduction to Oral History, reviewing work completed and covering in more detail interview techniques, project planning and technical, ethical, and legal issues. Some experience in recording or processing oral history is necessary.

Abstracting oral history Saturday and Sunday
6 & 7 December 2014

The abstract is a comprehensive time-coded summary, which serves as a guide to the oral history researcher. Here is an opportunity to practice the comprehension and editing skills needed to compile a reliable and usable abstract. Completion of an Essentials of Oral History Research or a recent equivalent introductory course is recommended but not required.

Please complete the enrolment form on the National Library website natlib.govt.nz/events/essentials-of-oral-history-day-one-wellington

or email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz to confirm you place.

If you would like more information, please contact us.

NOHANZ has released the following revised and new documents for use by oral historians:

  1. Recording Agreement Form version 2, September 2014 (replaces version 1a)
  2. Oral History Recording Agreement Explanatory Notes for interviewers version 2, September 2014 (replaces version 1b)
  3. Frequently Asked Questions About Completing the Recording Agreement Form (new)
  4. Selecting a Repository

Coming soon: Managing Copyright in Oral History

Please go to the resources page

The NOHANZ Biennial General Meeting / Workshops and Conference 2014

On the weekend 20 / 21 September 2014 we ran "The Gift of Memory" Conference in conjunction with our Biennial General Meeting and the Friday Oral History Workshops.

The busy weekend of 20,21 September 2014 "The Gift of Memory" is itself now a fond memory.
Conference flyer
Workshops Friday 19 September 2014
Workshop Programme as docx
Workshop Programme as pdf

Comments on the Boston case

The Oral History Society (UK) has issued a statement on the Boston College Belfast Project: more...
The USA Oral History Association has issued a statement: here...
The Oral History Network of Ireland statement:
An online discussion here

Seeking personal histories of women of the First World War

Jane Tolerton is working on a book about the women doctors, nurses, volunteers and writers who played a role in the war overseas.
Jane is the author of the best-selling book An Awfully Big Adventure: New Zealand World War One veterans tell their stories. The book is largely based on oral histories that are now available at the Alexander Turnbull Library, as the World War I Oral History Archive. She also wrote the New Zealand Book Award-winning Ettie, a biography of safe sex campaigner Ettie Rout.

If you have diaries, letters, memoirs, and photographs of these women please contact her jtolerton@gmail.com as she wants to produce a book that is full of personal stories and first-person accounts. It will be a female companion volume to An Awfully Big Adventure. Similarly, it will tell the story of the war chronologically through the eyes of New Zealand participants.

Alexander Turnbull Library oral history workshops

More workshops will be scheduled for later in the year. Please contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz for more information

The New Zealand Oral History Awards

The recipients of the 2013 New Zealand Oral History Awards have been announced here

Workshops Nelson and Wellington

Read the Nelson Flyer for workshops October November 2014
Read the Wellington Flyer for workshops November, December 2014

Oral History News - Upcoming overseas

Call for Papers

Oral History & Education
Waterloo, Canada
more here
Or download the documents

Australian Generations Conference

30 – 31 October 2014, Melbourne
The Australian Generations Conference will feature a select group of academic historians and industry partners who form the Australian Generations Oral History Project’s research team.
Professor Michael Frisch, the internationally renowned oral and public historian, will deliver the Keynote Address. Their website
Flyer as pdf

NOHANZ is modifying oralhistory.org.nz

Comments complaints criticisms and commendations regarding what you find here are welcome.