The files listed in this section have
been saved in text format (.txt) and are
best saved onto your computer from this
site then opened and viewed in a word processing
application (for example; Microsoft Word,
Appleworks, Clarisworks, Wordperfect, Microsoft
There are two types oral history included in this resource collection.
The first type is a series of 'life histories'
from the Otago Age Concern series. There
are a total of 35 reminiscences with some
authors contributing more than once. There
is also a combined file of all the material
- so that a search on specific words or
key phrases can be carried out using the
'Search/Find' facility of a word processing
The second type is the result of a specific
subject search of the Caversham Project’s
Oral History database of 89 separate interviews.
The project uses a specialized social sciences
database called NUD*IST (Non-numerical
Unstructured Data * Indexing Searching
and Theorizing). NUD*IST allows the transcripts
of oral interviews to be coded so that
the computer will carry out simple searches
for single words, more complex phases through
to more specialised searches based on the
type of coding used.
The searches included here have found
the data implied in the name of the file
- which has been saved in an unedited format.
Be aware that the searches have brought
up some unexpected results. For example,
the search on the influenza epidemic of
1918 has also brought up information on
people who influenced others lives.
Age Concern: 'Life Histories'
Caversham NUD*IST Searches