The 1960s Research/Oral History Project

Due Monday, May 18th: Preliminary Interview Summary and Topic (25 points)
Due Friday May 22nd : Annotated Works Cited Page (75 points)
Due Friday May 22nd: Interview questions (25 points)
Due Week of May 25th : Class Presentation on topic (50 points)
Due June 1st : First Oral History Interview and Interview Transcript (75 points)
Due June 5th: Video Documentary (275 points)
Due June 8th : Completed Annotated Works Cited Page (50 points)
Due the Day of the final: Life History Research Paper (250 points)

Preliminary Interview Summary and Topic

You should conduct a preliminary interview with the community member whose life you are going to document. Think of this as an informal discussion. You probably should not videotape the interview, as this will make the interview less intimidating for the person you are interviewing. You must take notes. Use the interview to find out a little bit about the person’s life in general, but focus in on the 1960s. Find out what the person was doing during the decade. Try to avoid too many in depth questions as these should come later during the formal video taped interview. After you have completed the interview, look back through your notes. Use those notes to help you develop, the questions for the actual interview.

You may choose anyone for the interview as the topic is related to American history and the person was born in or before 1950.

Annotated Work Cited Page

You should do basic background research on the topic(s) that you plan to focus on in your interview. At this stage you should probably focus your research on secondary sources. Your primary source research will come later. You should collect between 6 and 8 secondary sources for the project. These must include (a) scholarly texts published by academic publishers (b) scholarly articles from peer-reviewed journals. You many include no more than three popular sources (books, magazine articles, internet site, etc.) and of those, three no more than one can be an encyclopedia. For each source you should write a one paragraph summary of how it relates to your project. Each source must be cited properly using Chicago Manual of Style format.

Your annotated work cited page should be typed, single-spaced, Times New Roman Font, with 1-inch margins all around. It should contain your name, period, the instructor’s name, and should be entitled: “1960’s Research Project Work Cited Page”

Interview Questions

Using your background research and preliminary interview, write 20-30 open-ended questions to be used at your interview. While not every question must be about the 1960s, the bulk of the questions should be. Keep the guiding questions in mind while writing your questions.

Class Presentation

Using your background research, you and your partner should prepare a 10-12 minute class presentation about the topic in general. This is not a presentation on the life of the person you are interviewing—this will come later—but, rather, on the topic itself.

For your project you must have a poster/visual aid.

First Oral History Interview

Conduct your first oral history interview with your subject. This interview must be videotaped and should be between 45 minutes and 1 and half hours in length.

Interview Transcript

Turn in an transcript summary of your interview with time codes. This should be typed and contain a minute by minute summary of what was discussed. Key questions and answers should be included. A copy of the transcript should be given to your interviewee.

Completed Work Cited Page

Find an additional 5-7 primary sources on your interview topic. These may include news programs, newspapers, magazine or other relevant sources. Add them to your work-cited page and turn in a completed work cited page for a grade.

Video Documentary

You should create a short video documentary placing your person’s life in the historical context of the period involved. Video must be edited and between 5-10 minutes in length.

Life History Research Paper

You should write an academic paper placing this person’s life into history. The paper should be the culmination of both your oral history interviews and your research. The paper should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length. It must answer the guiding questions.


Guiding Questions

* What is the context for this historical figure (When? Where? Obstacles faced?) and how did these influence him/her to take action?

* What traits and talent did he/she possess to make him/her successful?

* In what ways does this individual's effort eventually lead to a change in society?

* How does she/he influence our society? Discuss her/his significance and/or legacy