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Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives: Oral History Initiative

Oral History Interns 2012

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks is the repository for the records produced by fieldwork projects sponsored by Dumbarton Oaks and the Byzantine Institute. From the 1930s through the 1980s, these projects were conducted at Byzantine sites and monuments throughout the Mediterranean. Over the past three years, ICFA staff have been processing these archival collections, which consist of fieldwork notebooks, drawings, photographs, etc., created by a variety of individuals. In some cases, ICFA staff have been able to contact participants to learn about their experiences, working methods, and techniques in the field. In addition, ICFA has collaborated with the Dumbarton Oaks Archives (DOA) to conduct 6 oral histories with individuals related to the fieldwork archives.

The intern will transcribe all available ICFA oral histories and further develop the web presence for ICFA’s fieldwork oral histories. The intern will transcribe the interviews following ICFA’s standards, edit the existing and new video files and transcriptions and upload them to Vimeo and Plone, and create individual pages for the new oral histories in Plone, including narrative descriptions and catalogue entries for the newly uploaded interviews.

During the internship, the student will acquire new skills and receive training for

  • transcribing oral history interviews, using ICFA’s Oral History Manual for Staff and Interns, Donald Ritchie’s Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, and in consultation with James Carder, Dumbarton Oaks Archives;
  • developing content in the Plone content management system;
  • editing files with audio and video editing and playback software;
  • researching individuals and creating concise catalogue descriptions in Word and Plone; and
  • conducting biographical research on other potential interviewees and drafting questions for future interviews.

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