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Last Modified:
March 4, 2005

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Instructions & Forms

1 Making Contact
** A suggested script for phone calls to potential interview subjects is available along with suggested interview questions, which are meant only to serve as a guide--and follow our work together in the course; Connect to the "scripts" link; document in MS-Word format.

2 Borrowing the Equipment--Guidelines

3 Using the Equipment--Checklist
**NOTE: The 1/8" plugs that connect the Marantz recorders to the RE-50 microphones are a bit temperamental. As we noted in class, they should be pushed into the "mic in" line and removed a distance of about the thickness of a thumbnail--very little. If you have any problems getting appropriately high levels with this microphone, this is almost certainly the culprit.

4 Suggested Questions (connect to this link; document in MS-Word format)
** For course information see the following links:
--HIS304: U.S. Urban History
--HIS400: Local History Seminar

5 Label the interview and punch out the tabs.
** Label the tape in the following manner: interview subjects last name, underscore, date in mm/dd/yyyy format, underscore, A, B, or C--depending on the tape side. For example an interview with Professor Tebeau conducted on March 28, 2005 that ran for 90 minutes (i.e. on two tapes, covering three of the four sides of the two tapes) would be labelled in the following fashion. Each tape side would receive the following labels: Tebeau_03222005_A, Tebeau_03282005_B, and Tebeau_03282005_C. Upon return in CD-ROM format (see below) the interview will be labelled: Tebeau_03282005. When you transcribe it, you will not distinguish between the A side, B side, and C side. Rather, you will simply note the accumulated time: 3 minutes, 6 minutes, and so forth.

6 "Dumping" the interview into Adobe Auditio
** Professor Souther or Professor Tebeau will "dump" your tape into Adobe Audition. This takes about 1:15 minutes per 1 hour interview (just a bit longer). In the process, your tape recording will be made into a digital file--in .wav format. At class hand your tape to your instructor who will return it to you by the next class session or earlier, if you can wait about 90 minutes.

7 "Ripping" the interview to CD-ROM
** Professor Souther or Tebeau will also create a CD-ROM for you, immediately after "dumping" the tape into Adobe Audition and converting it to a digial format. You will be given the CD-ROM so that you can transcribe the tape.

8 Transcribing the Interview
** Guidelines for properly transcribing the interview can be found below.
-- Transcription Guidelines
-- Transcription Example

9 Evaluating Oral Histories
** These are the standards that professors Tebeau and Souther will use to evaluate your work for class.



Tebeau Home
Souther Home


Background: the Arcade, along Euclid Avenue; courtesy Historic American Building Survey