CURATING ORAL HISTORIES: FROM INTERVIEW TO ARCHIVE

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Left Coast Press, 2007 - History - 154 pages
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The interview is completed, the recorder packed away, and you've captured the narrator's voice for posterity. The bulk of your oral history is finished—or is it? Nancy MacKay, archivist and oral historian, addresses the crucial issue often overlooked by researchers: How do you ensure that the interview you so carefully recorded will be preserved and available in the future? MacKay goes carefully through the various steps that take place after the interview—transcribing, cataloging, preserving, archiving, and making your study accessible to others. Written in a practical, instructive style, MacKay guides readers, step by step, to make the oral history “archive ready”, offers planning strategies, and provides links to the most current information in this rapidly evolving field. This book will be of interest to oral historians, librarians, archivists and others who conduct oral history and maintain oral history materials. See more at http://www.nancymackay.net/curating/
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
11
1 Setting the Stage
19
2 Archives Administration
25
3 Legal Ethical Issues
33
4 Recording Technology
41
5 Transcribing
49
9 Challenges of the 21st Century
81
Notes
85
Profiles of Oral History Programs
89
Forms
97
Glossary
123
Resources
137
Organizations and Professional Associations
147
Index
151

6 Cataloging
57
7 Preservation
65
8 Oral Histories on the Internet
73
About the Author
155
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Nancy MacKay has been straddling the line between libraries and oral history for more than twenty years. As a librarian she has worked with special collections, cataloging, and music in various academic settings.  As an oral historian she she teaches, consults, advises, and writes about oral history, especially oral history and archives. She was the Program Director for the Oakland Living History Program, the oral history program at Mills College, from 2001-2011, and has conducted more the 50 life history interviews. She currently teaches library science and oral history at San Jose State University and is working on a book for community oral historians, The Oral History Toolkit (Left Coast Press, forthcoming).

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