Oral History Workshop

Learn how to start an oral history program!

Mon, August 23, 2021
11am – 12:30pm

Registration, $15 suggested donation

In this 90-minute online session, Oral Historian Jenni Matz (Director, Television Academy Foundation Interviews) will cover a basic overview of starting an oral history project. The presentation will touch on project design, creating a budget, examples of good and not-so-good interviewing techniques, ethical and legal considerations for capturing oral histories, production concerns to consider, access to oral history collections, and preservation. Sample resources such as production checklists and release forms will be provided. The session will include a brief Q&

This workshop is geared toward those who work in libraries, archives, and museums and are considering building an oral history program or hoping to expand an existing project.

A Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to event.

About the presenter:

Jenni Matz is an oral historian, MLIS- archivist, documentary filmmaker, and attorney. Jenni has been an oral historian for the Television Academy Interviews since 2006 and its Director since 2014. She oversees the long-term planning and preservation of the Academy’s digital video archive and conducts many of its interviews. Matz co-designed the award-winning website, Television Academy Interviews, which provides full-text searchable access to over 4,000 hours of catalogued, indexed, time-stamped content.

Prior to her tenure at the Academy, Jenni co-founded the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College and produced and edited numerous documentary films for WGBH’s award-winning American Passages series, the History Channel, MSNBC, ABC News, and Oregon Public Broadcasting, among others. Jenni received her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College in 2006, and her JD from Southwestern Law School in 2016. She is a regular speaker on oral history practice at the Oral History Association and the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

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