Re: Legal/ethical issues in oral history-Slander/Libel

Hello Jodine,

I'd encourage you to get legal advice on this issue. In the US, if you were to put the story online and it did turn out to be libelous, your institution would be a second publisher of the content and therefore equally responsible. Whether there would be any risks associated with recording the narrative in the first place, I do not know. Your institution will have a better sense of what level of risk they'd be willing to take on.

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

Obtaining a release after the death of an interviewee

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. 


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