Lincoln’s legacy of freedom and opportunity by collecting the voices of families profoundly influenced by that legacy. By encouraging children and adults to gather and share stories of their families and communities, we hope to provide a forum for generations to inspire one another, and for children to envision the legacies they themselves hope to leave. It is Lincoln Financial’s hope that several of these stories can be compiled and published as an anthology, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity.
How do I create an oral history?
Oral histories can be created in a number of ways! You can use your phone or a video camera.
- Ask a family member, an elder family friend or a community member to agree to an interview.
- Print out the Oral History Release, Waiver and Consent Form. Both you and the person you interview will need to sign the form. You will also need your parent or guardian to sign the form if you are under the age of 18.
- Use the questions provided about freedom, opportunity, and equality as a starting point.
- Complete a 10 – 20 minute interview. Don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions, and let the conversation flow.
- Encourage the person you are interviewing to tell you stories from his/her life.
- Complete the interview and submit the Oral History Release, Waiver and Consent Form and the video/audio file of your interview. (You can upload a PDF scan of the form or an image of the form that clearly shows each signature.)
- At the time of submission, you must agree to the Official Rules on the website.
How do I submit my oral history?
- Click on the Submit Oral History button in the navigation bar.
- Before submitting your oral history, you must register. If you have not already done so, you will be guided by prompts to register by creating an account.
- Complete the online form, upload (i) the signed Oral History Release, Waiver and Consent Form (You can upload a PDF scan of the form or an image of the form that clearly shows each signature.) and (ii) your video/audio file. To complete your submission you must agree to the Official Rules on the website.
Who owns the oral history content submitted?
By submitting your oral history as part of the Lincoln’s Legacy oral history program you are agreeing that Lincoln and its affiliated entities will own the copyright to its content, including the video and any transcription of the interview. You also agree that we may edit the video at our discretion and that we may post the video or audio to our website, or make other uses of the content. If you do not want to grant these rights to Lincoln, please do not make a submission.
Who is eligible to submit an oral history?
Anyone 13 years of age or older can submit an oral history.
What questions should I ask?
For detailed instructions and interview questions, please refer to the Oral History Guidelines.
How long should my oral history be?
Your oral history should be a 10 – 20 minute interview. Any submissions longer than 20 minutes will not be accepted.
What are the evaluation criteria for oral history acceptance?
- Be relevant, appropriate and creative with your submission.
- Complete the online form, upload (i) the signed Oral History Release, Waiver and Consent Form (You can upload a PDF scan of the form or an image of the form that clearly shows each signature.) and (ii) your video file. To complete your submission you must agree to the Official Rules on the website.
What may cause an oral history submission to be denied?
- An audio file without a picture submission
- Oral History Release, Waiver and Consent Form not signed or submitted
- Oral History Guidelines and Rules not followed
- Maximum limits for video/audio components (20 minutes) not followed
- Inappropriate content such as vulgar language or gestures that do not pertain to the story
What formats will be accepted for oral histories
- Acceptable video file submissions include: *.3g2, *.3gp, *.avi, *.dirac, *.dv, *.flav, *.flv, *.mkv, *.mov, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.mj2, *.mpeg, *.mpg, *.wmv, and *.m4v. Maximum file size is 1 GB.
- Acceptable audio file submissions include: *aac, *.aiff, *atse a/52a (ac-3), * alac, *amr, *flac, *gsm, *mp2, *mp3, *nellymoser, *pcm, *vorbis, *wavpack, and windows media audio 1 & 2.
- A photo must be submitted as well; acceptable files include:* bmp, *.eps, *.jpeg, *.gif, *.pdf (with compression formats), *.png, *.psd, *.tif, and *.tiff.
May I enter more than one oral history?
We will only accept one submission per person.
What is the deadline for submitting oral histories?
Submissions for the oral histories will have rolling deadlines, which will be posted periodically on the website.
How long is the evaluation period for oral history submissions?
The evaluation period will take about two to three weeks. We will post submissions as soon as they have been approved.
How will I know if my oral history has been approved and posted on the site?
We will send an initial email confirmation that your submission has been received. Lincoln will email you again within three weeks, notifying you that your submission has been approved or denied.