Resources

Archiving/Preservation

Caring For Your Family’s Archives
Let the experts at the National Archives give you some tips on caring for your personal archives.

Scanning Best Practices
Although this 26-page guide might be more information than you need about scanning, if you’ve ever wondered about some of the technical issues behind digital imaging, this is a useful resource.

Tips for Photo Archiving & Storage
Suggestions for photo backup, storage and preservation.

Interviewing

Great Questions List (Story Corps)
In less than a decade, StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Check out their Great Questions List – they know something about asking questions.

Oral History Primer
If you are new to interviewing, here is a helpful overview on how to conduct oral histories. The information was compiled by the University of California at Santa Cruz Library.

Suggested Topics and Questions for Oral Histories
Quick and easy question suggestions for conducting oral histories.

Other Interesting Links

Association of Personal Historians
The APH is an international organization of skilled professionals passionate about preserving life stories.

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