Organizing Oral History Projects

Chapter 4 from Thomas L. Charlton's classic text Oral History for Texans, instructs community organizations and individuals doing community history in planning and executing a successful oral history project.

Charlton presents the following important considerations for planning and organizing your community oral history project:

  • Indentifying and setting goals
  • Selection of oral history subjects
  • Elites and nonelites
  • Interview structure: life-review model
  • Interview structure: subject-oriented model
  • Processing oral history: to transcribe or not to transcribe?
  • A few legal considerations
  • Ethical considerations
  • Preserving oral history