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Emory Oral History Program: FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited to interview?

Anyone from the Emory community is invited to come tell their story in an interview. 

How will I record an interview?

We will record interviews remotely using Zoom

What do I need to do to participate?

Sign up for a casual pre-interview meeting with an EOHP team member here. In the 15 minute pre-interview we will talk about the technological options and settings, how the interview will proceed, review consent and access options, and then schedule the interview. We aim to find a recording time within one week of the pre-interview. 

I have a poor internet connection. Can I still participate?

We can assess the connection during the pre-interview. We may suggest recording in audio only.

I previously participated in the Underrepresented Voices project. Can I also participate in the Stories During the Pandemic project?


Is the Underrepresented Voices series still recording interviews? 

Yes! To participate, sign up for a pre-interview meeting here. Interviews for this project will also be conducted remotely.

What will my video be used for?

We aim to make the interviews publicly available as soon as possible. In addition, the recording will become part of the Emory University Archives, to be preserved and made publicly accessible for researched, education, and public access. So, your story will inform the shared experience of the Emory community, or may be used by a researcher studying transformations in education, as a resources for a student's research paper, or in classrooms settings.   

What will I talk about in the video? 

We'll provide a few starting point questions and themes before the interview starts. But, we encourage you to tell your story as you choose, including the topics that interest, trouble, excite, or inspire you. Our role is to help you tell your stories. 

How long will the video be?

Your video can be as long or short as you'd like. Most interviews range between 35 to 45 minutes in length.

How do I donate my recording to special collections? 

After you record your interview, you will fill out a Deed of Gift form. This document transfers ownership of the video to the Rose Library (i.e. special collections) for preservation as part of the Emory University Archive. 

Can I place use restrictions on my video?

Yes. At the time of donation, you can decide if you want your video to be made available immediately or at a future date you designate. For example, you can request that your video be released for viewing in a year. You can also choose to record audio only.  

Can I suggest a new project?

Yes. If you'd like to suggest a new project for us, feel free to fill out our form here.

What if I have additional questions?

Please send an email to Jonathan Coulis ( and we can help you get started!