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Congratulations to Art Hansen!

Congratulations to former OHA president Art Hansen (2001-2002), co-winner of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award, associated with the Manzanar National Historic Site. Hansen has spent over four decades chronicling the experience of Japanese Americans, in particular their forced removal and incarceration during World War II. In 1972, Hansen co-founded the pioneering Japanese American Oral History Project within Cal State Fullerton’s Oral History Program. He has also authored and edited numerous works of oral history on the Japanese American evacuation and internment camps. 

Transcription templates/formats


I am just finishing up a transcription project, and while I did not use a preset format, I can share what format I ultimately ended up with.

With everything justified left, the document starts with an abstract or summary of the name of interviewer, the name of interviewee, the date of the interview, and the subjects discussed within. 

The first time someone speaks their name is written fully, followed by a colon. Thereafter, I shortened it to just initials. 

For example--

Jennifer Hunt: I am currently...

Jaclyn Grizzell: I am just finishing...

Transcription templates/formats


You didn't say whether you are transcribing for yourself or for a client, but a good place to start is indeed with a standard template, which you can then adapt, if necessary, to different clients' particular preferences. If you are transcribing for your own project, use your judgment.

My template usually looks like this:

Project Name



Interview Date: