While traditional oral history focuses on the individual interviewer and narrator, this model relies on collaboration between oral history faculty and the college archives. Key components of the model include community partner protocol, development of core interview questions, a digital interview portfolio, and a method to access the oral histories for wide usage by interested parties.
The model’s strength lies in the cooperation between the stakeholders—the student interviewers, the archives, and the community partner—who follow a process to collect unique personal experiences and capture multiple perspectives about topics identified by the core questions, a set of specific questions, asked of every narrator included in the project.
Core questions offers researchers a systematic method to conduct preliminary content analysis across interviews. This content analysis tool offers a standardized method by which to identify interview topics and themes, consistencies, and inconsistencies, thereby, discovering new avenues of research and questions.
To discover more about this model in practice visit the What We Owe: Columbia College Chicago Oral History Model in Action.
Explore the other oral history projects at visit the Columbia College Chicago Oral History Projects page.
Erin McCarthy PhD