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Interviews

Two additional items you will add to your collection are interviews.

From the syllabus, find two people relevant to your collection and interview them.

Who do you ask if, however, your collection is about someone or something famous? Maybe you can't interview Jimi Hendrix. You can't interview Calvin or Hobbes? Then who can you interview?

The interview is a moment to extend curiosity. You found someone to speak with regarding the subject that interests you. But to further your curiosity, you have to ask appropriate questions and be prepared. The interview is not a "going through the motions" part of the archive, but a way to learn about the subject you are archiving by talking to someone with either some level of knowledge or expertise or familiarity with the subject.

When conducting an interview, you wan to be prepared.

Here are some guidelines to consider.

  • What are you looking to discover?
  • How have you prepared? What questions have you written?
  • How do you approach the subject (email? in person?)? How to introduce yourself?
  • How do the materials you already have help you shape questions?
  • Should you show some of these materials as conversation starters or to get feedback and ideas from the person you are interviewing?
  • If you have read something about your subject, how do you cite or incorporate this material into the interview?
  • If you don't get a satisfactory response, how do you do a follow up?
  • Get direct quotes. Rather than "He said he always liked comics," cite exactly what he said. This means recording the interview (but ask permission to do so first).
  • Don't settle for short, non-informative responses. Get the person to tell anecdotes, relate stories, provide examples, respond to what you know, etc.

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