Explanatory Notes for Interviewers, Oral History Recording Agreement , FAQ, Select a Repository, Principles and Best Practice and more.
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Oral History Recording Agreement Explanatory Notes for Interviewers, Version 2, September 2014 (replaces Version 1b, July 2013)
Explanatory Notes pdf
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Frequently Asked Questions About Completing the Recording Agreement Form (new September 2014)
Selecting a Repository
Select a Repository pdf
Principles and Best Practices – Principles for Oral History and Best Practices for Oral History (Oral History Association) – these guidelines provide valuable information for interviewers and commissioners on the conduct and archiving of interviews, and their evaluation.
Alexander Turnbull Library’s guidelines for managing your digital oral history content. Includes helpful information on scanning photographs etc for deposit in an archive. Please contact the Oral History Adviser
Recording Oral Histories: Resources and advice to help you record an oral history, Alexander Turnbull Library
Preparation – A Guide to Recording Oral History, Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Possible questions for a life history interview, Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Points to consider before beginning an oral history project
Points to Consider pdf
Guide to commissioning oral history projects (produced by the Oral History Association of Australia)
Determining fees for Oral History – see under ‘Guidelines’ on the Oral History Association of Australia’s website
Journal: Oral History in New Zealand – Guide for Contributors
Guide for Contributors pdf
Digitising heritage oral history collections: The booklet Digitising heritage oral history collections is available on request from the National Preservation Office
Creating digital content – Digital NZ A -Tihi Aotearoa Make it Digital – described as a one stop shop for questions about creating digital content in New Zealand. A place to get advice, share ideas and contribute.
http://makeit.digitalnz.org/ Including advice on transferring analogue tape to digital here
The Oral Historian’s Digital Toolbox a website that contains a listing of existing and emergent digital tools.
Resources for Digital Storytelling
Information About Equipment
Guide to Digital Recording, Alexander Turnbull Library
Please contact the Oral History Adviser
Equipment – a guide to recording oral history, Ministry for Culture and Heritage
How to choose oral history recording equipment – a list of things to consider see the Members’ Contributions page
Hints on using lapel mics – see the Members’ Contributions page
You tube channel set up by the Louis B Nunn Centre for Oral History, recommended by Andy Kolovos of the Vermont Folklife Centre (see below). Videos about common digital audio recorders, a digital audio calculator and a tutorial on achieving optimal recording levels.
Using optical disks – CDs/DVDs – National Library of Australia
“Risks Associated with the Use of Recordable CDs and DVDs as Reliable Storage Media in Archival Collections : Strategies and Alternatives” by Kevin Bradley
Alessandro Portelli on oral history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEToq3T_LZQ
Check out Auckland Libraries’ Heritage Database including a list of some of the oral histories in Collections at
Tim Jones reflects on his six months recently spent as VSA volunteer helping to set up an oral history collection for the Haus Stori, the public library in Arawa, Bougainville.
Watch the talk on Facebook
Data protection for oral historians
Also anyone holding Oral Histories. http://www.ohs.org.uk/advice/data-protection/
Vermont Folklife Centre: Field Research Guides. [These cover recording equipment, digital editing and preservation.] http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/archive/archive-fieldguides.html
The Oral History Society (UK) website contains information about equipment in use in the UK http://ohs.org.uk/practical-advice.php .
‘Oral History and Digital Technologies’ on the Oral History Association’s website provides tutorials and information on oral history and digital audio http://www.oralhistory.org/web-guides-to-doing-oral-history
Archives of American Art’s Oral History Style Guide
For local history see NZ History Net’s Local History Links http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/handsonhistory/local-history-links
For digital local history records in the Auckland area visit Local History Online where you will find digital images and indexes to community newspapers, archives and oral histories relating to West Auckland, Rodney and the North Shore
For local history in the Wellington area visit Local History
Oral History Repositories
See the National Library collection catalogue
Auckland Libraries’ Heritage Database, including a list of some of the oral histories in Collections at https://kura.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/digital/
National Oral History Association of New Zealand
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