10 Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions our visitors often ask. We welcome your additional questions and invite you to e-mail us at dkenny@clioassociates.net.


Q. What does Clio Associates do and how much does it cost?

A. A summary of our services include two hour Archival Oral History on DVD $975-$1795; 20 minute Biographical Documentary on DVD $975-$2750; two hour Audio Oral History on CD $880-$1080; Home and Property Video $450-$1200; and Customized Projects specifically designed for individuals, families, institutions, organizations and communities. Discounted rates apply for oral histories of couples.  Further information is available at the Services page on this website. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Q. Who are Typical clients? 

A. Families wish to honor loved ones with a video biography when special events are approaching, such as a 70th birthday or a 50th wedding anniversary; perhaps there's been a recent illness or loss that reawakens a family to the inevitable passage of time and potential for losing their unique ancestral history. Businesses and organizations often choose to celebrate a milestone or pay tribute to a retiring employee, and simultaneously capture the institution's history for future preservation, employee education and/or marketing purposes. Communities and their institutions undergoing change request that we record individual and group recollections to preserve their collective history for future generations to value and learn from.

Q. Who conducts the video oral history? 

A. Donna and Peter work as a team. Peter operates the camera, sound and lighting. Donna conducts the actual oral history interviews.

Q. How long does an oral history take to record? 

A. A typical recorded life story session is up to two hours in length. For larger projects, multiple recording sessions can occur on subsequent days, depending upon the purpose and scope of the oral history.

Q. Where are the oral histories conducted?

A. All the histories are recorded in clients’ own homes, offices or sites of their preference. Our flat rates include two hour roundtrip (up to one hour one way) auto travel from Northampton, MA. Additional travel is charged on a per mile basis or daily rate as determined by the project.

Q. Do you travel to other states?

A. Yes. We've served families and institutions throughout New England and worked with clients from Florida to the New York metropolitan region. We also have contracted with families across the country to record oral histories of their relatives who live in eastern U.S.

Q. How long does an oral history project take to Complete? 

A. The process begins when we send a client our short booklet, the Life Story Review Guide. It is designed by Clio Associates to be completed in an hour or two and to give us an overview of the significant experiences and people in one’s life. As soon as we receive the completed Guide, we conduct necessary research and schedule the taping. After the interview is recorded, editing takes about four to six weeks depending on the scope of the project. The client then receives the finished DVDs and original Life Review Guide. Basic life story videos are usually completed in about four weeks. It is best to contact us as soon as you are considering a project, so we may work with to try to meet your timetable.

Q. Do you have gift certificates? 

A. Yes. We have gift certificates for all our services. Please contact us for full information about our special gift certificate packets. 

Q. What is the history of the company?

A. Clio Associates was founded in 1992 as an audio oral history company. Three years later we expanded to combine audio and analog (VHS and SVHS) video oral history services. In 1999 the company adopted a completely digital format. From 1999 to 2005 Clio Associates located our studio to an historic mill in Florence, MA where clients came to be interviewed. During those years we also offered digital conversion of older media formats such as photographic slides, plus 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm film. In 2006 we returned to our original mission to focus exclusively on oral history work and travel to our clients to record their spoken histories.

Q. What does the name "Clio" mean?

A. In ancient Greek mythology there were nine Muses. Clio was the muse of history, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne (memory). Sometimes referred to as The Proclaimer, or Glorifier and Celebrator of History, Clio is usually depicted holding parchment scrolls or tablets on which are the stories (histories) she will celebrate.