Oral History Workshop – 9

After the interview

Shahed Yazdan
Translated by M. B. Khoshnevisan


The oral history website is going to provide the educational materials of some oral history workshops to the audience in written form. The present series has been prepared using the materials of one of these workshops. As you will see, many of the provided contents are not original or less said contents, but we have tried to provide categorized contents so that they can be used more.


After the interview

The first thing that should be done after an interview is to transcribe it. To do this, the audio file of the interview should be converted to a text without the slightest change. Each hour of interview will be approximately 32 pages of handwritten paper and about 17 typed pages.

In the next step, to document the interview, print the transcribed text and get a written confirmation from the narrator. If the interview is related to a specific organization or body, the seal of that organization should also be stamped on the paper printout.

After the interview is transcribed, the text should be studied by the interviewer. If there were incomprehensible words or points, if some questions were incompletely answered, the names of people or places were said that need further explanation, and every incomprehensible thing that was seen should be noted down and these items should be disposed at the beginning of the next session.

Sometimes these ambiguities and questions are so numerous that clarifying them requires another session, and this is the supplementary interview.


Things to do after the interview:

  1. Transcription
  2. Documentation
  3. Saving a backup copy of the audio file
  4. Clarifying the ambiguities


It is necessary to do these four steps after the interview. If these things are not done, our interview is incomplete. After the interview is transcribed and the ambiguities are resolved, the meeting will end, otherwise the interview is still incomplete.

A complete meeting for an interview means studying the transcribed text and fixing the problems and defects of that session.

Number of Visits: 1026


Full Name:

Heads of National Front Meet Imam

On ninth of Aban, 1357 (October 31, 1978), misters Dr. Karim Sanjabi, Haj Manian and Mahdian came to Paris from Tehran to meet the Imam. Dr. Banisadr, Mr. Salamatian and Haj Ahmad [Imam's son] was also present in their first meeting with the Imam. After greetings, Mr. Sanjabi who had been sitting next to the imam, started talking quietly - almost whispering; suddenly, the imam pulled their heads back and said:

Secret campaigns

Sedigheh Amir Shahkarami the narrator: we were two sisters and three brothers who started secret campaigns against the regime during the Shah and in order not to be arrested by SAVAK (secret police), we had a covert life during the years 52 and 53 (1973 and 1974). At first, Mehdi and Mohammad Amir Shahkarami were the members of the Mujahedin Organization. But after a while, they realized the deviation of their beliefs, ...

Establishment of Islamic Revolution Central Committed as narrated by Alviri

At this time (Bahman of 1357 – February 1979), grouplets such as Peoples Fedai Guerrillas and Mojahedin Khalq Organization misused the mayhem of the country, storing a large quantity of weapons in their team house. Even when the Imam ordered the people to hand over the weapons to the mosques, instead of handing over their weapons to the mosques, these grouplets built a headquarters and took the peoples weapons and stored them.
A cut from memoirs of Iran Torabi

Preparation of Soosangerd Hospital

We arrived in Soosangard around noon. It was the 21st day of Mehr [1359] (October 13, 1980). The situation of the city was almost the same as Ahvaz, and even worse. There was dirt and destruction everywhere. The city had almost been deserted. As Ahvaz Red Crescent had said, the city was still within reach of the enemy and no place was safe from their artillery and mortar fire. We rushed to the city hospital.