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Re: OHA 2018 - interest in oral histories with refugees


I am using oral histories with Sri Lankan emigres in my dissertation. I interviewed Sri Lankans who left from the time of independence (1948) until the late 1970s, before the civil war started. So, while they are not refugees, they did migrate. If you want to talk more, email me at mritze1@uic.edu

Maria Ritzema
PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Last call: BUIOH seeking input for next update to transcription style guide

In the 1970s, the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) drafted the first version of its transcription style guide, and for nearly two decades BUIOH has offered it online as a free resource. The BUIOH Style Guide is based on The Chicago Manual of Style and includes guidelines for how to approach common editing questions that come up in oral history transcription.

CFP: Oral History Association in Montreal, 2018

Hello all -

Just a reminder that the deadline to submit proposals for the OHA's Annual Meeting in Montreal, Oral History in Our Challenging Times, is January 31. You can find the call for papers (and listening sessions, mini-workshops, roundtables, performances and facilitated conversations!) here:


We look forward to your submission!

Re: Obtaining a release after the death of an interviewee

Hi Donna,

I have run into this same issue in the past. We also have the interviewee sign the release after they review the transcript. Several times in the past, we have had the interviewee die before we could get the interview transcribed. In each case, we have had the next of kin sign the release. I have been assured by the registrar at our museum that this is the most efficient and legal course of action.

Joseph Cates
Sullivan Museum and History Center
Norwich University