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Highlights of OHA 2014 Annual Meeting Now Online

Keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and other featured events of the Oral History Association annual meeting, to be held October 8-12, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin, are now online:


Online registration for the meeting will commence next week.  Visit the OHA website (www.oralhistory.org) for details.  This year for the first time we will be offering a special discount for individuals who register early.

Mapping religion-related audio-visual collections in the UK - British Library, The National Archives & Religious Archives Group

On behalf of the British Library, The National Archives and the Religious Archives Group, I am currently undertaking a high-level mapping of the UK’s existing religion-and belief-related audio-visual collections. I am writing to ask for your assistance in identifying any relevant collections (as opposed to items) which you may be aware of.

The particular focus is on oral and video history, although other audio-visual outputs (such as moving images and sound recordings) will also be relevant in the longer term.

Oral History Releases and Restrictions

We have thought long and hard about this issue at the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony and our policy is to put interviews for which we do not have the narrator's consent to archive behind a restricted, password-protected wall. Interested researchers can write us for a password, and, as in any archives, must sign a confidentiality agreement to anonymize the subjects of the interviews.

We are in the final stages of revising our website so unfortunately you won't be able to see just how this will work for a couple of weeks yet.

Oral History Releases and Restrictions

Oral Historians and Archivists:

At Wayne State University's Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs we have oral histories for which we don't have releases, as they came to us as part of archival or manuscript collections and we were never given the releases or perhaps they never existed. On other occasions, prospective donors have offered us oral histories that they have conducted but for which they never secured (or can't find) releases from the subjects of those oral histories or their estates.