Frequently Asked Questions

A: The process from interview to article takes approximately 4 months. You can see our process listed below.
A: Most interviews last 1-2 hours, but of course it depends on how much you enjoy speaking to us!
A: Your interview [transcript and audio] is accessible to everyone that visits the VT Stories website or the VT Special Collections website.
A: Your full audio and transcript are housed by VT Special Collections. The link to these are provided underneath your article on the VT Stories website. They will also be searchable through VT Special Collections.
A: Contact a member of our team and we will work with you to ensure you are pleased with your interview.
A: Click on the “Share Your Story” link and fill out the required fields and a member of our team will contact you to set up a date for your interview. Also, you can email us vtstories@vt.edu.
Yes! Virginia Tech Special Collections is located in Newman Library and is committed to collecting rare and unique materials such as letters, documents, scarce printed items, and diaries for anyone to use. The collections are strongest in the areas of University history, the Civil War, the history of food and drink, women architects, Appalachian history, and science and technology. If you want to know more about Special Collections and what kinds of donations are accepted please visit their website or contact Aaron Purcell
Great! If you want to join our wonderful team and learn oral history methodology, web design, and interview VT Alumni send us an email or give us a call at 540-231-6442.
Please email us at vtstories@vt.edu and a member of our team will get back to you.

Our Process

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    Your information is received from the Alumni Association or other contact

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    You will be contacted by a member of our team

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    Interview is scheduled based on your availability

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    Once interview is complete, the audio is sent to the transcription service

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    Transcript is received by our team and checked for spelling and grammatical errors

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    Transcript sent to interviewee for checking (editing, deletions, etc) and image request for website

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    Transcript reviewed by our team for interesting, relevant, time worthy stories

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    Article written and sound clip edited

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    Article, sound clip, and images are uploaded to website. Also, full audio and transcript is deposited into Special Collections in Newman Library

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    Your VT Story is complete and ready to be viewed and listened to

*These time frames serve as a guideline, if the timeline changes a member of our team will be in contact with you. From start to finish the process takes roughly 4 months.