"Oral history is primary-source material created in an interview setting with a witness to or a participant in an event or a way of life for the purpose of preserving the information and making it available to others. The term refers both to the process and the interview itself."
--From The Oral History Manual, 2nd ed., by Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, p. 1.
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Oral History Recording Equipment
Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the Library in fall 2013, the University Library now has two sets of professional-quality portable digital audio recording equipment available for use by students, faculty, staff, and other eligible borrowers.
Each set comes with a TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder, AC adapter, 32 GB memory card, cables, microphone, table-top mic stand, transport bag, and instruction manual. This equipment can be used to record oral histories, field recordings, guest speakers, music, podcasts, or in any other application where high-quality recording equipment is needed.
The sets can be found in the on-line catalog under the title “Portable Digital Audio Recorder” and are available for one-week check-out in the User Services Department.
Once again, many thanks to the Friends of the Library for underwriting this purchase.
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