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:
U.S. Urban History
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.