Explanatory Notes for Interviewers, Oral History Recording Agreement , FAQ, Select a Repository, Principles and Best Practice and more.

Oral History Recording Agreement June 2021
Recording Agreement pdf or ..alternatively..

Note: If you wish to add an organisation name or logo to the Recording Agreement please email for an editable version and put NOHANZ Recording Agreement in the subject line. We recommend completing the Recording Agreement or this form by hand. For more guidance please refer to the Explanatory Notes below.

Oral History Recording Agreement Explanatory Notes for Interviewers, Version 2, September 2014 (replaces Version 1b, July 2013)
Explanatory Notes pdf
Feedback on the Recording Agreement, or the accompanying Explanatory Notes for Interviewers, or any NOHANZ documents would be greatly appreciated. Please email and put NOHANZ Recording Agreement in the subject line. The December 2012 and December 2014 issues of the NOHANZ Newsletter have more information about this

Frequently Asked Questions About Completing the Recording Agreement Form (new September 2014)
FrequentQuestions pdf

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.…/principles-and-practices

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

How To

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

Abstracting oral history: Alexander Turnbull Library advice on Abstracting Oral History Interviews as an online pdf
As a download

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. 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

Useful Information

Alessandro Portelli on oral history:

Check out Auckland Libraries’  Heritage Database including a list of some of the oral histories in Collections at

Oral history from scratch – Wellington

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.

Vermont Folklife Centre: Field Research Guides. [These cover recording equipment, digital editing and preservation.]

The Oral History Society (UK) website contains information about equipment in use in the UK .

‘Oral History and Digital Technologies’ on the Oral History Association’s website provides tutorials and information on oral history and digital audio

Archives of American Art’s Oral History Style Guide

Research sources

For local history see NZ History Net’s 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

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


© NOHANZ 2001-2014