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.

Upcoming Events
Aug
17

This online workshop provides training to scholars and researchers interested in learning oral history and research interview methodologies.


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.

Our online workshops will introduce attendees to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral history theory and methodology, in-person and remote interviewing techniques, legal and ethical issues, transcription practices, archiving, recording equipment and its use, data management, and other relevant topics. Attendees are encouraged to bring their research ideas for discussion/feedback. Individuals interested in doing so can participate in an optional virtual oral history interview with other attendees; a general debriefing about these experiences will take place on the Friday following the end of training.

Please email David J. Caruso at dcaruso@sciencehistory.org for more information.