Houston Neighborhood Series - Information for Interviewers
Thanks so much for your interest in being an interviewer for the Neighbor to Neighbor Oral History Project for Houston Arts and Media. We think that this will be a valuable resource for researching Houston history for generations to come. Of course, some of the material you gather will also be used in the more than two dozen Houston history book projects we have planned for the next several years.
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We are looking for good storytellers above all. The interview subjects should be longtime Houstonians who have a deep knowledge of the older areas of Houston outlined in our Houston Neighborhood Series map. We need interviewees from each of the neighborhoods shown there, so all volunteer interviewers and interviewees will be helping greatly. There is no hard and fast rule, but for these purposes we are considering "history" as about the year 1970 and before.
Here are some ideas of where you might find good interviewees:
If you're not sure how to start an interview, we've posted several clips of interviews with a wide variety of subjects. Easy storytellers, and people who you have to work a little harder to get stories from. You're going to find a little of each when you go out there, but you will enjoy talking to everyone.
We highly recommend the Texas Historical Commission's brochure on gathering oral history.
Thanks again for taking the time to be a part of the Neighbor to Neighbor Oral History Project...
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