Oral History Program Style Guide

This Style Guide contains our preferred styling for frequently encountered issues in our oral history transcripts and is not a comprehensive manual. We edit lightly and base changes from received transcriptions mainly on the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.

Oral histories provide unique situations that call for flexibility, including occasional deviations from the Chicago Manual or other scholarly traditions. We aim for clarity and consistency within the overall program and within individual transcripts. We are open to changes in language and culture, and update this document regularly. When in doubt, please ask us any questions.

Updated: December 2018