The Institute has been conducting interviews for more than 30 years and has roughly 5,000 hours of recordings in its collections; it is one of the only institutions in the United States to focus its oral history work on scientists from diverse disciplinary fields. The director and the staff of the Center for Oral History have trained numerous individuals to create detailed and rich primary sources using interviews with those who have made contributions to the STEM fields. During the training week individuals are introduced to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral history theory and methodology, interviewing techniques and performance of mock interviews, legal and ethical issues, transcription practices, archiving, recording equipment and its use, data management, and other relevant topics. Interested participants are encouraged to bring their ideas to the workshop. While the scope of the training workshop will be focused through a STEM lens, individual topics are not limited to science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Our workshops are open to all interested in the practice of conducting research interviews and oral histories in order to elucidate and to preserve the unwritten past.
Oral History Training
The Center for Oral History at the Science History Institute provides training to individuals interested in learning oral history and research interview methodologies, both for historical research generally and for work in the history of science, technology, engineering, and medicine specifically.