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Using the Library during COVID-19

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Remote Interviewing

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oral History Center oral historians have developed new practices and procedures to enable remote interviewing and to consider the implications of this practice. In the documents below, we provide our latest guidelines on topics including: remote interviewing with Zoom; tips for getting started in oral history while sheltering in place; and more to come. We welcome feedback, questions, and suggestions for additional topics to cover.

Remote Interviewing with Zoom

Man with recorderThese protocols were developed to facilitate remote recording of narrators of the highest quality available during the COVID-19 pandemic. We developed these protocols for the Zoom video conference platform using both audio and video. We also provide instructions for additional, backup audio recordings. Interviewers, or the hosts of the interviews, will need to have a professional Zoom license; narrators need only access to a computer or telephone. 

Available for download: Remote Interviewing with Zoom

Free Webinar: Recording with Zoom


Learn how to conduct and record interviews on Zoom; taught by experts in oral history, who have been interviewing remotely during shelter-in-place.


Watch the webinar. 

Storytelling at a Distance

Oral History provides a way for people to see the world through someone else’s eyes. In this article, Amanda Tewes shares storytelling questions anyone can use to frame oral history life interviews and to have more meaningful conversations — even at a distance.

Storytelling at a Distance: Staying Connected while We Are Apart

Oral History Tips

During transformative times in history like these, it’s important to document the lives of everyday citizens. Willa Baum, a pioneer in oral history and former director of the Oral History Center, provides tips on conducting oral histories.

Oral History Tips