Queens College History 799/Library Science 7903: Oral History: Methods and Applications, Spring 2017


This seminar, taught by history professor Bob Wintermute, was intended for students in a dual-degree Master of Library Science/Master of Arts in history program. The course focused on the design, management and administration of an oral history project, including the creation of a project proposal to be submitted to a mock board of advisors. Queens Memory Director Natalie Milbrodt was invited as a guest speaker to give practical guidance on developing and maintaining a grant-funded oral history project. Some of her main points addressed the need to find a definite focus for the project and enlist strategic partners related to that focus; the importance of keeping up-to-date records of costs, equipment lists, job descriptions and event statistics; and how to prepare for hiring and training new staff quickly once grant funds have been received.