HUM 305 Archiving and Curating Oral Histories


Oral historians employ various tools to develop their archives, engage communities, and creatively work toward social change. In this course, you will learn tips and tricks for processing and organizing oral histories for the archive. We will review the importance of metadata, provide how-to’s for transcription, discuss ways to design an accessible archive, talk with an expert in the field, and explore a range of projects that creatively present oral histories for social change.

Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience

Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours

Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development


Sold By: Institute for Diversity and Civic Life


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Learning Objectives

By successfully completing this course you will

  • Understand the purpose and function of an archive;
  • Review open source software for organizing archives online;
  • Learn to process metadata for an archive;
  • Discover best practices for interview transcription; and
  • Explore models and best practices for public engagement with an archive.


  • 305. W – Watch videos about how to organize, curate, and distribute your archives.
  • 305. I – Interact with exercises to refine your transcription techniques.
  • 305. S – Study with experts who share important archiving strategies.
  • 305. E – Engage your colleagues and share your insights.

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