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Capturing the Living Past: An Oral History Primer

8. Conducting the Interview: Techniques that Work

NOTE: For simplicity, the following guidelines relate to conducting audio-only interviews

How do I start the actual interview?

Begin with a recorded introduction that follows a standard format. Here's an example:

"This interview is being conducted for the Acme School Oral History Project, sponsored by the River County Historical Society. The interviewer is Mary Jones. The narrator is Jane Smith. The interview is taking place at Mrs. Smith's farm in rural River County on November 20, 2004."

How can I ask effective questions?

Here are some tips for asking effective questions, using your question format as a guide:


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