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Re: What if interviewee wants to withdraw his interview?

Dear Lye Soo,

I agree with William. I have two interviews (out of 30) in the last 16 years who have withdrawn from the process. They had both signed a Release Form, however, ethically I did not insist they comply. I was very disappointed but I respect their wish not to continue. I had sent them the transcripts but they were not returned. I enquired more than once but they kept putting me off, or saying they would get to it later, so I gave up. I still have them, can't bear to throw them out, maybe hoping one day .....

Re: What if interviewee wants to withdraw his interview?

We have had two instances of people wanting to withdraw their interview after it was completed. A gift agreement had been completed. We honored the narrators' request and destroyed the interview. For us, maintaining trust is an essential part of our oral history program. Unless you can convince the narrator to keep the interview in the collection and put a time seal (75 years) on it, I don't believe that it is ethical to keep the interview without the narrator's consent.

Pam Whitenack
Hershey Community Archives

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.