Oral historians need to recognize that doing the interviews is not the end but the beginning of the process.11

Does this statement catch your attention? I hope so. Oral historian Don Ritchie’s observation may seem extreme to community oral historians, but in fact it is a wake-up call to start thinking like an oral historian. The statement is a reminder that your interviews are historical documents important enough to share with a wide audience both now and in the future. This chapter explains the process of preserving and providing access to your oral histories in repositories, and the part the oral historian plays. In other words, this chapter is about oral history as history.