Oral History: From Planning to Preservation #0136


Fri, Apr 30, 2010
Newport News Public Library System
Newport News, VA

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: April 16, 2010

Co-Sponsor: Newport News Public Library System


Lodging & Travel Information

Marriott Newport News at City Center
740 Town Center Drive
Newport News, VA 23601

Additional details

Workshop Fees

Registration Type Fees: Early-Bird / Regular

Full Registration #0136

SAA Member $185 / $235
SAA Student Members Promotion: $92.50 / 117.50

Employees of Member Institutions $210 / $260
Nonmember $235 / $285
Nonmember Students Promotion: $117.50 / $142.50
(Please submit proof of enrollment to servicecenter@archivists.org of via fax to 312-606-0728)

Workshop Description

There is a successful oral history interview or project in your future! When you attend this workshop you'll get a thorough overview of oral history, including its integration into archives. Topics include the value and uses of oral history, project development, recording equipment, interviewing, media storage, video interviews, and an evaluation of digital technology of particular interest to oral historians.

Upon completing this workshop you will have:

  • Developed an enhanced appreciation for the unique value of oral history;
  • Evaluated recording formats, including the most current digital options;
  • Learned about researching, framing, and conducting oral history interviews;
  • Looked at collections care, transcribing, and records keeping;
  • Grasped the ethics and legal issues pertaining to oral history;
  • Explored the promotion and use of oral history collections;
  • Hear about the challenges of the rapidly-changing technological options.

Who should attend? The workshop does not require prior oral history experience, and is designed for anyone interested in this subject. Attendees with a specific interest in management of oral history collections should have an understanding of basic archival practice.


When asked "what aspect of the workshop was most valuable to you?" responses included:

  • "Legal issues." - Rebecca Hankins 
  • "Overview of all, very informative. Appreciate the information on technology changes and issues." - Rebecca Wright 
  • "Gave me confidence and assurance to conduct oral interviews and to train others to do the same." - Virginia Davis
  • "The information on preservation methods and the changing technologies for formats. Our collection is in a stage where we need to find better formats for preservation." - Laura Eggert
  • "Real equipment examples rather than PowerPoint; shared experiences of techniques/lessons learned."
  • "Preservation and formats (cassette, video, digital) - it all changes so fast." - Michael Jackson

Attendance limited to 35.

Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Oral History: From Planning to Preservation #0136

Fri, Apr 30, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fred Calabretta (Instructor)

General CEU Credits: 0.75
Archival Recertification Credits-ARCs: 5