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A vital part of the program will involve the establishment of an oral history archive of the stories of veterans, families of veterans, and military personnel. The recordings of oral histories will be a collaborative process between North Dakota State University and Prairie Public Radio, with the goal of establishing an ongoing archive of veterans and families of war veterans. The interviews will consist of three rounds: an initial round to establish interview and archival protocols, followed by rounds two and three that will make up the majority of the interviews. The Project Unpack Oral History Project will be developed to continue after grant funds are exhausted.
Using oral history, this project will create a safe platform for capturing experiences of ND veterans and those closest to them regarding the effects of American wars. Additionally, the recording and archiving involved with oral history procedures will encourage research, growth, and additional histories be added to the archive long after the duration of this enterprise concludes. This project will better the understanding of veteran needs in ND, the Midwest, and the United States. To support the round one interviews of the oral history project, a questionnaire will be developed to aid interviewers, a data collection schedule will be set up, the first round of oral histories will be conducted, a promotional strategy for additional participants will be developed, and indexing protocol for the oral history archive will be established. The ultimate objective is to produce a protocol to be used by future researchers for rounds two and three. Participants Under the guidance and direction of Dr. Smith, participants will be chosen as interviewers. The primary group will consist of undergraduate and graduate students in Dr. Smith’s spring Oral History course. Additional interviewers, if suitably prepared, are encouraged to participate as well. A questionnaire will be developed to catalogue a potential interviewee’s branch of service, period of service, service number, present status, and other relevant information. This information will be vetted against government records to verify veteran status. Each student in the course will be responsible for conducting two interviews.
The oral histories will be stored permanently at the NDSU Archive and shared on the project website and Digital Horizons an online repository. The purpose of the repository will be to provide public access to the archived materials to meet the program’s overall goal of establishing discourse communities. The interviews will be categorized via conflict and service.