Memory Man first gathers basic information about the intended
interviewee at a pre interview.
This is done on the telephone either with the person to be interviewed, the
commissioning client or a family member.
It can also be done at the Memory Man office at
33 Morrison Avenue, Engadine in Sydney, where the range of life
story optional extras is on display.
The pre interview is straight forward - there are about 10 basic
orientation questions to answer, such as interviewee name, date
and place of birth, past occupations, etc. Memory Man uses this
information to research the life and write a list of 400 questions
(minimum) to ask at interview.
Clients select packages comprising cassette tapes and/or CD-ROMs,
as well as any of the optional extras. Details of the agreed package
are written onto an ORDER FORM, a copy of which is retained by
the client. The minimum package is two sets of the recordings,
one the original recording (master set) and the other a copy. A
date, time and place for the interview are agreed, and a non refundable
deposit paid at this point to cover the cost of researching the
Memory Man records the interview using a tape/disk recorder and
lapel microphones. A single interview is preferable for continuity
purposes, but separate shorter sessions can also be arranged. A
single interview usually takes three or four hours, with breaks
as required. A photograph of the interviewee is taken at some stage
during the interview for use later to personalize the finished
The interviewee completes a privacy form which governs how the
recorded information may be used in the future. This form includes
an offer to lodge a copy of the interview recordings free of charge
in the NSW State Library, as a community service, where they are
accessible to students, social historians and others.
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