Oral History FAQ

What is the deadline to participate in this project?

We accepted submissions until February 1, 2019 at 5pm ET.

How do I share with the Foundation more information about a potential artifact for consideration for the future Museum of the Obama Presidential Center?

You can tell us more about your artifact by visiting our Contact Us page.

Who can participate in this project?

Any individual who was alive during 2008 could submit a story. Whether you volunteered on the Obama campaign or observed from afar, whether you voted for the first time, or the fifth, our goal was to capture what it felt like to live through this historic election.

Is the interview a video or audio recording?

We accepted both video and audio recordings. We accepted audio files with no video, but with the exception of ASL interviews, we did not accept video files without an audio track.

Will the Foundation send me a copy of the recording?

No. You should save a copy of your recording for yourself prior to submitting to the Foundation.

How will these submissions be used?

We are building an archive that preserves the memories of those that lived through the 2008 election. As stated in the Foundation submission terms, the materials may be used by Foundation staff for Museum exhibits, digital content, or made available to researchers. Your recording will be considered for inclusion in our oral history archive.

Will I hear back from the Foundation about my submission(s)?

If we choose to use your material on our social media channels or on our website in the coming months, we will reach out to you via email as a courtesy to let you know. By uploading your file, you are granting us permission to use your material in accordance with our submission terms here.

If you have a question that isn’t listed above, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be in touch.