Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Top 6 Online Guides for Folklife and Oral History Documentation

I've had a few requests lately for guidebooks or information on running folklore, folklife, and oral history field documentation projects. Here are my top six picks of the week:

1. FOLKLIFE AND FIELDWORK: A Layman's Introduction to Field Techniques
Available online, broken down into chapters, or also as a full pdf you can download and print

2. Oral History Centre Tutorials
A collection of informative articles and instructional tutorials containing resources such as software and hardware training, oral history guidelines and best practices.

3. Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History

4. The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
Excellent resource, complete with sample questions

5. New Zealand Guide to Recording Oral History

6. Style Guide for Transcribing Oral History

photo: Ronald White spins a yarn, Stephenville, 2016. photo by Dale Jarvis

1 comment:

les said...

Excellent. This should be a must-read for incoming folklore students.