Transcribing . . . and More
In the mid-20th century, when the ﬁ eld of oral history was young, interviews were always transcribed. Transcripts were often bound so they resembled a book, and they sat on shelves along with other scholarly works in the archives of great universities. Print was the unquestioned medium for scholarship, and there was no reason for oral historians not to follow this model. Nobody questioned the transcript as the primary document, and it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because recordings were often discarded or erased.