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 done, the tape recorder packed away, the data on your computer. 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 collected 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 provides many resources for the researcher to consult as well as sound, down-to-earth advice. This book will be of interest to oral historians, librarians, archivists and others who conduct oral history and maintain oral history materials.

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Nancy MacKay has been straddling the line between libraries and oral history for almost twenty years. As a librarian she has worked with special collections, cataloging, and music in various academic settings. She discovered oral history accidentally, by picking up a flyer for a free oral history workshop offered by the LEGACY project, and has been hooked ever since. As an oral historian she has conducted oral history projects, taught oral history workshops, advised student projects and consulted on community projects. She currently combines these fields at Mills College, as Head of Library Technical Services and coordinator for the Oakland Living History Program. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. See more at