UC Berkeley Webinar

The Oral History Center is hosting a Remote Interviewing Webinar:

From The Oral History Center at UC Berkeley: http://ucblib.link/OHC

This is a recording of a webinar given by historian Paul Burnett on how to record oral history interviews using Zoom. Paul provides an overview of the protocols that were developed to facilitate remote recording of narrators of the highest quality available during the COVID-19 pandemic. We developed these protocols for the Zoom video conference platform using both audio and video. We also provide instructions for additional, higher-quality backup audio recordings. Interviewers will benefit from having access to a professional Zoom license, but they can produce good recordings with a free account as well. Narrators only need access to a computer or telephone, although a smartphone app will aid in the capture of better audio on their end.

For the closed-captioned version of this webinar, please see this video: https://youtu.be/aIidnLhWMvk

Webinar: Fieldwork and Digital Audio Technology: What to Know before You Go

The Oral History Association and the American Folklore Society present the next in their series of webinar:

Fieldwork and Digital Audio Technology: What to Know before You Go

May 1, 2020
1:00pm-2:30pm EST

Leaders: John Fenn (American Folklife Center) and Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)

This interactive webinar will provide beginning and seasoned fieldworkers alike with strategies and approaches for integrating digital audio capture technologies into their cultural documentation efforts. Given the rapid rate at which digital technologies and equipment change in the consumer world, it can be challenging to figure out what you want versus what you need. From complex jargon to varying definitions of “quality” and “resolution,” there can be a lot to know—and it is easy to get lost in the world of audio recording options.The webinar leaders will emphasize some of the key factors to be aware of when planning for the use of digital fieldwork equipment, and will offer a range of tips and questions to consider. We hope to demystify the process of choosing and using digital audio equipment for ethnographic fieldwork and oral history interviewing, so in addition to discussing some of the basic technological aspects we will discuss a few recording scenarios common to this type of work.

Social distancing complicates face-to-face interviewing and fieldwork activity that involves audio recording, so in light of the risks posed by the coronavirus/COVID-19 to fieldworkers and participants alike we will explore options for remote audio capture. We will try to account for smartphone-based options as well as those available via personal computers, including both asynchronous and real-time interviewing.​

Free to OHA and AFS members. Nonmember fee is $75.

AFS Members can get the discount code and registration instructions here.

Seating is limited so sign up soon! Register Here: oha.memberclicks.net/fieldworkdigitaltechnology-webinar

Please email oha@oralhistory.org with any questions.

Remote Oral History Interviews

SOHA received this list of Remote Oral History Tips from the Oral History Association Archives Interest Group. We hope we can share information with our members on best practices during these challenging times. We will continue to update this webpage with more resources as they are provided to us.

Remote Oral History Tips:


Remote Interviewing_information and resources : a Google Doc where we can begin listing existing projects, experiences, and other links

Webinar: Oral History at a Distance: Conducting Remote Interviews

Sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History and the Oral History Association

Tuesday, March 31, 1pm to 3pm CDT
Followed by an extended Q&A session

This webinar is free for the public, and requires no pre-registration. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the OHA website.

This timely webinar will address the dynamics of conducting remote oral history interviews. It will begin with an analysis of the pros and cons of conducting distance oral history interviews. Stephen Sloan will then address aspects of interviewing in a distance environment, breaking down the interviewer and narrator experience in these exchanges, and offer direction on best approaches for interviewing at a distance. In recording remote interviews, Steven Sielaff will cover best practices for recording archival-quality oral history interviews, then discuss in depth the tools and techniques available to enable the user to follow best practices in a remote setting. Physical equipment and software used for landline, cellular, and web-based video conferencing recording solutions will be discussed. Adrienne Cain will cover the legal and ethical considerations and implications of oral histories conducted via distance interviewing. The information included in this section abides by OHA’s Principles and Best Practices, John Neuenschwander’s Oral History and the Law, as well as other resources applicable to distance interviewing.


Adrienne Cain
Steven Sielaff
Stephen Sloan

The recording and visual presentation will be made available here: https://www.oralhistory.org/2020/03/26/webinar-oral-history-at-a-distance-conducting-remote-interviews/ 

Visit www.baylor.edu/toha/technology for additional resources.

Check out https://networks.h-net.org/h-oralhist.

Telling Women’s Stories at Historic Sites Webinar

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Telling Women’s Stories at Historic Sites Webinar
Building off the Forum Blog Series: Women’s History and Historic Preservation, Forum’s next webinar focuses on “Including Women in the Sequel: Re-Interpretation and Telling the Full History at Historic Sites.” Panelists from Belle Grove, the Oneida Community Mansion House, and the Pauli Murray House will discuss their work telling women’s stories—including identifying source materials, developing interpretive plans, and building narratives that tell a broader American story.
Join us live Wednesday, March 14, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET.
Register from the Forum website below.

PLF Register

Image from the U2 The Joshua Tree Concert in East Rutherford, NJ in June 2017. The slide preceeded a series of images of strong women from the past and present. Credit: Priya Chhaya

OHA hosts first webinar — Documenting Your Community: Planning Skills for Oral History Projects

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OHA’s first webinar, Documenting Your Community: Planning Skills for Oral History Projects, was presented by Mary Larson and Jeff Corrigan on November 3. The webinar is now available at https://connect.asu.edu/p2jgc6e66x5/

Please note that the recording may not automatically play without having the Adobe Connect Add-in. If you are prompted, download and install the Add-In to join the recording. You will be prompted to download the Add-In. Follow the steps below:

Many thanks to Jeff Corrigan and Mary Larson for sharing their knowledge and expertise with the oral history community. Special thanks to everyone who registered and joined us— your enthusiasm and response were overwhelming and we are grateful for your participation!


October 17, 2017



1:00pm – 2:30pm
Registration deadline: October 16, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Mary Larson, Associate Dean for Special Collections, Oklahoma State University Library, and Sarah Milligan, Associate Professor and Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, Oklahoma State University 
Location: Live Webinar

Oral histories, which are nearly ubiquitous in archival and cultural heritage collections, capture first-hand accounts of their subjects and are particularly valuable resources as they often record the histories and memories of underrepresented people and groups. However, oral history interviews may be maintained on a variety of media formats (both analog and digital), which can make them daunting to care for. This 90-minute webinar will offer guidance to those archivists charged with maintaining these important recordings and will present a workflow—from beginning to end—for how best to process, preserve, and make accessible oral history materials. The webinar will also introduce some important concepts that are particular to oral history collections, including conversations on ethical considerations, the use of outside vendors, and the role of transcription and index tagging. This is a beginner-level webinar and previous experience processing oral history and/or audiovisual collections is not required. The course will be taught by Mary Larson, Associate Dean for Special Collections at Oklahoma State University Library and former President of the Oral History Association and Sarah Milligan Associate Professor and Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University.