COVID-19 links

Remote Interviewing – “The Oral History Association (USA) is proud to announce the release of its new suite of remote interviewing resources. These resources are a product of the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to cease face-to-face interviewing for the health of both narrator and interviewer. By March 2020, many of us found ourselves sheltering in place, trying to learn how to do our jobs from home. For those working in oral history, remote interviewing became a pathway to continue essential oral history work. This guide is meant to be a resource to practitioners as they work through the numerous questions that arise with this method.”

Corona Diaries – Corona Diaries documents the pandemic through personal stories – big and small. It’s an open source audio project meaning anyone can contribute their audio story, and anyone can use them.

Dear Australia – it’s important that we mark this moment in our nation’s history. So Australia Post has created a national letterbox where, from now until 18 August, you can write a letter to share your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia Post is working with the National Archives of Australia, where eligible Dear Australia letters will be kept for future generations. This will enable all Australians to record their impressions of this remarkable time.

Memories, Food and the Pandemic – COVID-19 has brought so many of us into a new sort of relationship–fraught or otherwise–with cooking and food. We’ve been thinking a lot about how others have faced public and personal catastrophes, distance (social and otherwise), as well as scarcity and all of the anxieties that come with these experiences.

Sounds from the global COVID-19 lock-down – Everyone has their own story to tell.  We’re inviting anyone around the world to send us a sound recording from wherever YOU are, and tell us a little about how things are wherever you live. You can listen to the sounds and read the stories so far.

OHA Branches

Oral History Australia (national body)
OH Victoria



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Bev Tait

I was a Court Reporter (i.e. shorthand-writer) for the Commonwealth Reporting Service for 16 years.  When we were replaced by tapes in 1990, I swapped to transcribing Court proceedings, oral histories, editing and meeting reporting.  Over the past 20 years I have transcribed a very wide range of oral histories, and can cope with all types of recordings.  My prices are reasonable, and I offer prompt return of transcripts and a high level of accuracy.  Email

Chris Mulherin

I’m an engineering and arts graduate working on a mature age doctorate in philosophy. I’ve made ABC radio programs and have transcribed and proofread hundreds of Radio National shows (mostly Law Report, Religion and Ethics Report, Media Report and Philosopher’s Zone). But the ABC budget axe has fallen and I’m looking for more transcription work. Please email for a resume and I’ll be happy to put you onto referees who will vouch for my work. I’m at

Sandy Liddle

I am currently a librarian but was previously a legal secretary for about 30 years.  During my time as a legal secretary, a lot of my work was done by transcribing from Dictaphone cassette tapes.  I have recently been involved with transcribing oral history interviews for a number of local history projects as well as recorded presentations from a local historical society.  I have a high degree of accuracy.   Email

Australian Oral History Organisations

National Library – Oral History and Folklore Northern Territory Archives Oral History Program

International Oral History Organisation

International Oral History Association
Oral History Association (USA)
National Oral History Association of NZ
Canadian Oral History Association
Oral History Society (UK)

Other interesting links

Veterans’ History Project (USA)

Voices from the Past – Introduction to Oral History Practice and Theory

Making Sense of Oral History – Linda Shopes

Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History

Oral History Workshop on the Web

Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide

Vermont Folk Life Centre

Telling Their Stories – Oral History Archives Project


Living Stories – experiences of people living with Haemophilia and HIV

RTA, NSW Oral History Program

Sydney Oral History Stories

UNESCO Memory of the World Program

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Voices from the Pacific War – Bruce Petty

Washington University School of Medicine

Oral History of the U.S. House of Representatives

American Slave Narratives Project

Shoah Foundation – remembering the Holocaust

United States Senate Oral History Project

Radio Diaries – American

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

American Folklife Center

Center for History and New Media

Baylor University – Living Stories

Unlock the Past