Obtaining a release after the death of an interviewee

Donna Gold's picture

Good afternoon - I'm new to this listserve and grateful for your help!

Often, I prefer to have interviewees sign their releases after they review the transcript, and felt so in the case of an oral history project for an educational institution. Unfortunately, a key interviewee died before he signed his release. The person who was his power of attorney has reminded me that POAs expire upon death. 

I am pretty certain that there won't be a problem in getting a release signed - as long as I can find the correct person to do so! Any suggestions?

Donna Gold
College of the Atlantic

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