AAPI Oral History Transcribe-a-thon!


The Austin History Center invites you to help record history!

In celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Austin History Center invites you to participate in its very first AAPI transcribe-a-thon campaign! This May, volunteer your time to transcribe an oral history of a local AAPI community member from the Asian American Community Archives. Transcriptions provide a verbatim guide to the oral history, reflecting the actual speech of the interviewer and interviewee. Written transcriptions are essential to making oral histories searchable on internet search databases such as Google. This makes transcriptions extremely valuable to researchers and are an important archival preservation practice.

How does it work? 

Transcribe remotely from your home or work! The Austin History Center will provide you with a Google Folder containing the oral history recording, a biographical sketch, transcription best practices and oral history style guides to aid you as you work. Most oral histories in this collection are 60 – 90 minutes in length which can require up to 6 hours of transcription work. Not only will you have the opportunity to hear a first-person narrative about your city’s local AAPI history, but your transcription will help create a more robust and accessible Asian American oral history archive for the City of Austin.

Interested in participating?

Complete this form and we will connect you with your oral history recording: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSer4QzO5yRRtePodJ1F2gpKywnE2yh6...


Contact Asian American Archivist Ayshea Khan at ayshea.khan@austintexas.gov.

To listen previously recorded oral histories from the Austin History Center, visit our Soundcloud Page!

The Austin History Center’s Asian American Community Archivist Program actively collects archival materials from AAPI communities in Austin and Travis County through outreach efforts and programming. Our Asian American Archivist, Ayshea Khan, gives presentations, conducts research and oral history interviews, coordinates programs and events, and provides reference service to the public. To learn more visit the Asian American Community Archivist page or email ayshea.khan@austintexas.gov