We currently have a critical need for volunteers to conduct oral history interviews and index interview transcripts. And if you're a "Wizard at Word" (Microsoft), we can use the help there, too. The Project will conduct training sessions for those who are interested in interviewing and indexing. We also need proofreaders.
Interviewing is the heart of our project. The Oral History Project (OHP) will provide training in oral history interviewing techniques.
OHP is known for making its interviews easily accessible to researchers, which is crucial to our mission. We are looking for people who like to read and are detail-oriented to highlight key subjects to create an index for each interview. This is a great thing to do at home!
Many of our older interviews were typewritten and are being scanned into the computer for archival purposes. As a result of the scanning process, handwritten remarks are not always interpreted accurately. We need proofreaders to look at the scanned documents and find the errors. This is a terrific job to do at home!
PUBLICISTS & PUBLIC SPEAKING
OHP needs writers to prepare newspaper articles, flyers, and the OHP blog. We also seek speakers to talk to local groups about the Project.
OHP publishes many of its general interest interviews, which is unusual in oral history circles. Training in oral history editing is provided.
Photos, maps, drawings, etc., are an integral part of a narrator's story. OHP uses these items in our books, flyers, brochures, online publications (e.g., newspaper articles and blog posts), and for publicity. All collected materials must be appropriately identified with accurate detail, scanned, and archived in the appropriate digital file. If requested, all original materials is returned to the narrator once the material has been preserved. The Illustrations Editor also engages in research to locate relevant material that may not be available from the narrator.
The OHP occasionally publishes books and may occasionally need to resurrect or reconstruct one that is out-of-print. The OHP also creates bookmarks and posters for publicity. We need a volunteer who is familiar with desktop publishing and graphic design.
The office is our home, and the OHP can always use help here. We produce and archive historical materials to high standards of scholarship, and we have a friendly crew of volunteers who would love to have you join in.
We are in the process of digitizing years of typewritten transcripts, so if you're a "wizard" with Microsoft Word, we can certainly use your help.
If you are interested in any of the above categories or think you might have another talent you can contribute, please call or email us. (The office will soon be on the main level of the Greenwich Library when construction is completed in Fall 2020.)