Some participants record interviews with StoryCorps primarily to have the experience: they want to have an uninterrupted, intimate conversation, a chance to speak and be heard or to listen fully. However, others participate so their stories can become part of the historical record. The StoryCorps interview model provides valuable accompaniments to other forms of archival records—documents, news accounts, and so on—often answering the question, “What did it feel like to be there at this time?” 

The following lessons will go over StoryCorps’ suggestions for archiving and preserving your interviews.