Conduct an Oral History Interview

Special Collections partners with researchers on campus and in the community to conduct oral history interviews on a variety of topics that document Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and the South including the history of the University. If you are interesting in collaborating with Special Collections to help preserve local and regional history with an oral history project, please contact us. We can offer audio recording equipment and organizational support for your project!

View the resources below to help organize your oral history project.

Students, community partners, and volunteers collaborating with Mayor's Council on Women History Subcommittee should use the Telling Herstories: A Guide to Conducting Interviews for the Chattanooga Women's Oral History Project in addition to the field notes and release listed above. To view the processed recordings, please visit our Digital Collections.

Capture Specifications

Special Collections collaborates with partners to produce high quality recordings that can be maintained in perpeturity. We prefer to work with unedited recordings and footage. Post-processing edits are managed in the Special Collections digitization lab.

 Audio Specifications

Audio-only interviews should adhere to the following minimum requirements. 

  • Format: Broadcast WAV
  • File extension: .wav
  • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Sampling rate: 96 kHz

Video Specifications

Video interviews should adhere to following minimum requirements.

  • Wrapper: Quicktime MOV
  • File extension: .mov
  • Bit depth: Uncompressed, 10-bit, or 8-bit
  • Color sub-sampling: 4:2:2 or 4:1:1
  • Frame size: 720x408 or1440x1080 (HDV)
  • Frame rate: 29.96 fps
  • Video bitrate: 27 Mbps or 25 Mbps
  • Audio: PCM 48 kHz, 20-bit