Oral History Project

How to Participate in the Archive of Modern American Warfare Oral History Project

As a potential participant in the AMAW Oral History Project, you may be curious about what is involved with being interviewed. The following is a brief synopsis of the steps and procedures involved in the interview process.

Anyone from any country is welcome to participate in the AMAW Oral History Project. We are committed to preserving the history of warfare since 1975 from the perspective of all participants, regardless of their country of service and whether or not the participant was a civilian or in the military at the time. All participants will have the opportunity to be interviewed regardless of their political position, gender, race, or ethnicity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 806-834-5971 or send us an email at amaw@ttu.edu.

Step One: Questionnaires

We ask that all participants complete one of two questionnaires: the Veteran Questionnaire or Wartime Civilian Questionnaire. These questionnaires provide us with basic biographical data and information on your military or civilian career, as well as provide further in-depth information about your experiences. The purpose of these questionnaires is to help us perform necessary research in preparation for your interview. All of your personal contact information will be held in the strictest confidence, as described in our privacy policy. At this point in the process we would also be grateful to have a copy of your DD-214, for our records.

Step Two: Schedule an Interview

Once we receive your questionnaire, we will review it and enter your information into our participant database. As we have many individuals in the interview queue, it will most likely be some time before we are able to contact you to schedule an interview date and time. Rest assured that we will contact you as soon as possible. Depending on your location, we can conduct interviews in person, over the phone, or by using appropriate internet technologies. We can meet in person if you are near Lubbock, Texas, or are planning to visit Lubbock sometime in the future. Otherwise, for people who live in the United States, we can conduct your interview over the telephone. For those outside the U.S., we can conduct the interview via the internet.

Step Three: The Interview Agreement

Before the interview, we will ask that you sign an Interview Agreement. The act of creating an oral history interview automatically involves copyright. As such, both the interviewer and the interviewee must sign an agreement releasing their copyright control of the interview to the AMAW at Texas Tech University. If an agreement is not signed, the AMAW cannot make the interview recordings or transcripts available to students, scholars, and the general public. The Interview Agreement is not intended to restrict your rights to your own story and is not designed to prevent you from selling books, articles, or the movie rights to your story if you so desire. The agreement simply allows for public access to your interview and states that both the interviewee and the interviewer understand various libel issues.

Step Four: The Interview

The purpose of conducting the interview is to preserve an historical record of your experiences regarding the wars in which you were a participant. The length of the interview varies from person to person. We pledge to allow each individual the time he/she needs to relate their story. We will guide you through the interview with questions in a professional manner and allow you the opportunity to answer in any way and at length. The interviews are uncensored and unedited, and they are designed to be as authentic a rendering of the interviewee's wartime experience as possible. Our interviews typically cover a wide range of topics and time. We are interested in your experiences before, during, and after the war. We will not discuss any topic about which you do not feel comfortable talking.

All interviews are digitally recorded using our digital audio recorder and sometimes on video when the situation warrants. Recordings are transcribed and both recordings and transcripts will be made available to students, scholars, and the general public at the AMAW in Lubbock, Texas, as well as on the Internet through the Virtual AMAW.

Step Five: Transcription and Review

After conducting the interview, we will create a transcript of the interview which will be sent to you for review. The purpose for your review of the transcript is to allow you the opportunity to correct names of people and places, and to correct dates and other factual information as necessary. Since the purpose of the transcript is to convey as closely as possible the tone, nature, and content of the oral history, we avoid editing transcripts for grammar, syntax, or other esthetic reasons. You are also encouraged at this point to make any additions to the transcript as you see fit. We will indicate that these comments came after the original interview. We will give the transcript and audio a final review before depositing it into your collection at the AMAW and posting it online in the Virtual AMAW.


If you would like to participate in the AMAW Oral History Project, please select and complete the relevant questionnaire below, and send it to the AMAW. If you download the questionnaire, please feel free to send it as an email attachment to amaw@ttu.edu or by regular mail to:

Oral History Project
The Archive of Modern American Warfare
P.O. Box 41045
Math Building Room 4
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409

Questionnaire Online Downloadable
Veteran Questionnaire Adobe PDF Rich Text File (.rtf)
Wartime Civilian Questionnaire Adobe PDF Rich Text File (.rtf