Oral History: Do It Yourself!
Why the Guide?
While the ISJL is proud of its oral history collection and continues to conduct new interviews throughout the American South, we cannot be everywhere at once. Fortunately, many local Jewish organizations have undertaken their own oral history programs, most often under the direction of part-time or volunteer staff.
After speaking with several of these dedicated historians and archivists, we decided to produce a guide to conducting oral history interviews with Southern Jews. This document, compiled in 2011, is largely dedicated to simplifying technological issues for local researchers who may not be familiar with newer digital technologies, but it also covers topics related to conducting, recording and archiving interviews. While some of the technical details may no longer be up-to-date, the general concepts and the “Technique” section will still prove useful.
Additionally, we have provided resources for further information on all aspects of oral history, both throughout the guide and on the Notes and Appendices page. Links to individual chapters can be found in the box to the right.