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Oral History Projects


Oral history projects are a collection and study of historical information about individuals, groups, families, political, and social events, and even everyday life captured in audio or video recordings or transcriptions of planned and organized interviews.

The purpose of collecting the first-hand accounts, or experiences or eye-witnesses is to obtain and preserve information gathered in electronic media or written work of different perspectives that cannot be found in written sources and protect them in archives in libraries.

Story Map of Camp Susupe

Click on the link above to experience an interactive map that tells the stories of the indigenous peoples of Saipan during the two years they spent in internment camps, until they were finally free to move around the island on 4 July 1946. It is a detailed account of the Battle for Saipan using oral histories from survivors and their family members, as well as military documentation.

This is a project done by Jennifer McKinnon and Stephanie Soder, grantees of the Council's Community Grant Program.

How To Conduct Oral History Interviews

Ethnographer and Oral Historian Rlene Santos Steffy received a grant from the Humanities Council to publish an eBook How To Conduct Oral History Interviews: A Guide. With over 43 years as a mass communication specialist, Steffy served as the lead facilitator for the Council's oral history workshops in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. In this guide, Steffy leads readers step-by-step on how to conduct oral history interviews of their own. It is complete with guidelines, forms, interview transcription examples, and testimonies from oral history workshop participants. Steffy incorporates the historical significance of oral story-telling and the analytical technique of capturing oral history in her guide to make this form of collecting history accessible for any reader. To learn how to conduct interviews of your own, download a free e-copy (.pdf) or eBook (EPUB) below.

This e-publication is a fixed layout EPUB format that requires a compatible reader.
-iBooks for iOS
-Google Play Books for Android
-Readium for Chrome

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