Oral History Paper Proposal


For the purposes of this class, your Method and Primary Informant Sources are particularly important as much of our focus will be on the interview and transcription process. Nonetheless, you want to attach your interviews to a strong proposal and purpose so they will have meaning. You may wish to add some categories to the basic informant information below, depending upon your questions.

In your proposal, please:

-Use Times Roman Font 12 (change microsoft font)
-Double space the text of your question and your hypothesis
-Include a thoughtful hypothesis
-put your sources in the correct bibliographic form (Chicago, Turabian--online @ http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html )
-include page numbers
-proofread for clarity

The Form of your proposal:

1-Question: Ask a question, and then underneath it, expand and in a few paragrahs explain your curiosity.

2-Method (Oral History, Biography)

3-Bibliography (Use Chicago Style for all citations and bibliographies)

A. Primary Sources

1-Interviewees (see below)

2-Other Primary Sources

B. Secondary Sources

1-Book-length Studies

2-Recent Articles

4-Hypothesis--write a few paragraphs about what you expect to find, how do you think people will respond to your questions?

For your Primary Source Bibliography "Interviewees," use the following format:

Primary Sources:  Interviewees, list of Informants (in priority order)


Contact Info.

Year-Place Born

Family Info.

Education/ Career

Significant Events

Position, Event, Topic--Reason you are Interviewing them?

















































































Please Note: The Chicago Manual of Style (online Guide, 16th edition) can be found at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Also, Purdue OWL has some great examples and samples of Chicago Style Bibliographies (and papers): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/717/

According to the above:

14.218Interviews and personal communications—order of attribution

In whatever form interviews or personal communications exist—published, broadcast, preserved in audiovisual form, available online—the citation normally begins with the name of the person interviewed or the person from whom the communication was received. The interviewer or recipient, if mentioned, comes second.

14.219Unpublished interviews

Unpublished interviews are best cited in text or in notes, though they occasionally appear in bibliographies. Citations should include the names of both the person interviewed and the interviewer; brief identifying information, if appropriate; the place or date of the interview (or both, if known); and, if a transcript or recording is available, where it may be found. Permission to quote may be needed; see chapter 4.

7. Andrew Macmillan (principal adviser, Investment Center Division, FAO), in discussion with the author, September 1998.
8. Benjamin Spock, interview by Milton J. E. Senn, November 20, 1974, interview 67A, transcript, Senn Oral History Collection, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.
9. Macmillan, discussion; Spock, interview.

14.220Unattributed interviews

An interview with a person who prefers to remain anonymous or whose name the author does not wish to reveal may be cited in whatever form is appropriate in context. The absence of a name should be explained (e.g., “All interviews were conducted in confidentiality, and the names of interviewees are withheld by mutual agreement”).

10. Interview with health care worker, March 23, 2010.

14.221Published or broadcast interviews

An interview that has already been published or broadcast is treated like an article in a periodical or a chapter in a book. Interviews consulted online should include a URL or similar identifier and, for audiovisual materials, an indication of the medium (see 14.4–13). See also 14.27714.280.

117. “Mil Máscaras: An Interview with Pulitzer-Winner Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao),” by Matt Okie, Identitytheory.com, September 2, 2008, http://www.identitytheory.com/interviews/okie_diaz.php.
118. McGeorge Bundy, interview by Robert MacNeil, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, PBS, February 7, 1990.
119. Darcey Steinke, interview by Sam Tanenhaus and Dwight Garner, New York Times Book Review, podcast audio, April 22, 2007, http://podcasts.nytimes.com/podcasts/2007/04/20/21bookupdate.mp3.
Bellour, Raymond. “Alternation, Segmentation, Hypnosis: Interview with Raymond Bellour.” By Janet Bergstrom. Camera Obscura, nos. 3–4 (Summer 1979): 89–94.

If an interview is included or excerpted in the form of a direct quotation within an article or chapter by the interviewer, the interviewer’s name may come first.

120. Michael Fortun and Kim Fortun, “Making Space, Speaking Truth: The Institute for Policy Studies, 1963–1995” (includes an interview with Marcus Raskin and Richard Barnet), in Corporate Futures, ed. George E. Marcus, Late Editions 5 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), 257.

14.222Personal communications

References to conversations (whether face-to-face or by telephone) or to letters, e-mail or text messages, and the like received by the author are usually run in to the text or given in a note. They are rarely listed in a bibliography. For references to electronic mailing lists, see 14.223. See also 13.3.

In a telephone conversation with the author on January 6, 2009, lobbyist Pat Fenshaw admitted that . . .
2. Constance Conlon, e-mail message to author, April 17, 2000.

An e-mail address belonging to an individual should be omitted. Should it be needed in a specific context, it must be cited only with the permission of its owner. For breaking an e-mail address at the end of a line, see 7.42.