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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.

Remote interviewing via video conferencing?

Needless to say, there are many variables including whether prior acquaintance, goals of project, and so on.

I have tried to use Skype a few times which has its own technical limits. But, not surprising, the key determinant seemed to be how much the person interviewed already had acquaintance with me, and how substantially.

Oral History Society (UK) Statement on the Boston College Belfast Project, May 2014

Oral History Society (UK) Statement on the Boston College Belfast Project, May 2014

The legal action taken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to seize oral histories held by Boston College serves as a warning not only to oral historians, but to all those engaged in collecting historical data about criminal activity or allegations of criminal offences. The case raises legal, ethical and moral issues for researchers and archivists.

H-Net academic announcements posted to the web 2014-05-15 - 2014-05-16


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