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Re: What if interviewee wants to withdraw his interview?

We had someone whom we interviewed for project on immigration who wished to withdraw the use of their interview.

We did have a signed Deed of Consent, but in that it also says the person can withdraw at any point.

This is what have done with the interview:

Kept it for reference and preserved and restricted the recording/transcription for background information use only (i.e. cannot use in publication/ thesis, etc). So it is our locked files and in secure cloud (internet) storage.

Re: What if interviewee wants to withdraw his interview?

Dear Lye Soo,

It is my experience that an interviewee may withdraw from the oral history process at any point, for any reason, unless the release agreement says otherwise.

Without a signed agreement, the interviewee should maintain control of the interview. In your situation the direct approach is best -- ask the interviewee what he wants for the recording. Is he willing to go along with option 1, 2, or 3? If so, problem solved.

William Buie
Senior Researcher
Rutgers Oral History Archives

What if interviewee wants to withdraw his interview?

Dear all,

I would like to find out has anyone came across interviewee decided to withdraw his interview after recording has been done (either still in-progress or completed interview)?  The interviewee did not sign an agreement.

Would like to have your views/ practices on the following:

1/ to destroy the recording;

2/ to preserve the recording, but not releasing to the public nor researcher till 75 yrs later (pertaining to some copyright law); 

Re: Copyright Options - Creative Commons?


I had similar questions about traditional practices, and my students and I came up with this solution:

Jack Dougherty and Candace Simpson, “Who Owns Oral History? A Creative Commons Solution,” in Oral History in the Digital Age, ed. Doug Boyd et al. (Washington, DC: Institute of Library and Museum Services, 2012), http://ohda.matrix.msu.edu/2012/06/a-creative-commons-solution/.