"Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. Oral history is both the oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word, and one of the most modern, initiated with tape recorders in the 1940s and now using 21st-century digital technologies." - Oral History Association
Before beginning an oral history project you need to contact the Centre College Institutional Review Board (IRB). Any project using "human subject research" must be approved by the IRB. Human subject research involves the collection of data from or about living human beings. With a script of your interview (questions you plan to ask) the Board is able to quickly review your project.
The following persons must receive approval from Centre’s IRB before beginning their human subject research: