As a contemporary historian and documentarian, I have identified a number of areas where firsthand knowledge, experiences, stories, and events can be preserved with digital video for private or research use. This page outlines some of the areas I have been concentrating on with some video examples. I look forward to getting new opportunities to do more to document our heritage. 

 

Oral History

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Individual Life History Interview

     A guided oral history interview guides an individual to tell their life story and experiences. Interviews are conducted under the guidelines of the Library of Congress. The interview along with all required paper documentation is submitted to the US Library of Congress for archival in the American Folklife Project.  Copies may also be requested to be archived at The Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University and/or The Research Center at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. One copy will be made available to the individual or family.

 

 

Individual Topical Interview

      A guided oral interview which focuses on an individual's career, hobby, life event, business, military career, contributions to civic or church service or a unique personal story. Military career interviews will be submitted under the guidelines of the Veteran's History Project, all others fall under the American Folklife project. Copies may also be requested to be archived at The Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University and/or The Research Center at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. One copy will be made available to the individual or family.

 

 

 

Individual Memorial Service Preservation

     A recording is made of an individual's memorial service after death. One copy will be made available to the family. The recording will not normally be submitted to archival repositories.

 

 

Family Life History Roundtable

     A recording is made of family members talking about family life experiences in a roundtable format. One copy will be made available to the group. The recording will not normally be submitted to archival repositories.

Community History Roundtable 

     A recording is made of community members talking about life experiences in a roundtable format. One copy will be made available to the appropriate county museum. The recording will not normally be submitted to archival repositories.

 

 

Events

Family Reunions

     A recording of family reunion activities both formal and informal. Some structured storytelling and oral history activities can be made available to individuals as well as family groups.

Class Reunions

     A recording of class reunion activities both formal and informal. Some structured storytelling and oral history activities can be made available to individuals as well as class groups.

Historic Event Preservation

     Video documentation of events which have a special historical context such as the dedication of a building or monument or the commemoration of a historic event.

 

 

Documentary

Company Heritage Preservation

     Documentation of a company history.

Church Heritage Preservation

     Documentation of a church history.

Structural Heritage Preservation

     Documentation of a historically important structure either before or after refurbishment, or both.

 

 

Cultural Preservation

     Documentation of a cultural or lifestyle story such as:

  • Life on a Ranch
  • Life on a Farm
  • The Cowboy Way
  • The Cowgirl Way
  • Equestrian Life
  • Rodeo Life
  • Living Through Tragedy
  • Wonder Women
  • Human Issues
  • Life Before Now
  • Life Today
  • Exploring Through Archaeology
  • The First Americans
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NOTE: Some recorded content may be eligible to be featured on YouTube Story Channel as authorized by the participants.