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Curating Oral Histories

From Interview to Archive, 2nd Edition

By Nancy MacKay


227 pages

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For the past ten years, Nancy MacKay’s Curating Oral Histories (2006) has been the one-stop shop for librarians, curators, program administrators, and project managers who are involved in turning an oral history interview into a primary research document, available for use in a repository. In this new and greatly expanded edition, MacKay uses the life cycle model to map out an expanded concept of curation, beginning with planning an oral history project and ending with access and use. The book:-guides readers, step by step, on how to make the oral history “archive ready”;-offers strategies for archiving, preserving, and presenting interviews in a digital environment;-includes comprehensive updates on technology, legal and ethical issues, oral history on the Internet, cataloging, copyright, and backlogs.


"Nancy MacKay has rewritten and expanded her 2006 work, Curating Oral Histories, to reflect and address the tremendous technological and social changes that have affected the field of oral history over the last decade or more."

Lee Berry, Oral History Review

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface to the Second Edition 1. Curating Oral Histories in the 21st Century 2. Getting Started 3. Collecting Oral Histories 4. Archives Management 5. Ethical Considerations 6. Oral History and the Law 7. Understanding Technology 8. Transcribing … and More 9. Cataloging 10. Backlogs and Other Backroom Secrets 11. Preservation 12. Curating for the User 13. Opportunities of the 21st Century Appendix A: Designing a Cataloging Template Using Dublin Core Appendix B: Pathways to Access Appendix C: Resources Appendix D: Forms Notes Glossary Further Reading Index About the Author

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About the Series

Practicing Oral History

Oral history offers tremendous opportunities for interpreting the past and the increasingly complex present through the words of those who have lived it. The recorded interview, along with careful planning, solid background research, and archiving, form the basis of oral history methodology. Practitioners in public history, cultural heritage, library science, education, documentary, community activism, and local history groups wish to incorporate oral histories into their own work, and they need a road map for doing so.

The 'Practicing Oral History' series fills this gap. Titles consist of concise, instructive books that address the special circumstances of oral history within a specific user community. Each title provides practical tools for conducting and presenting an oral history project that interprets the best practices and ethical considerations of a particular context.

Ideas and proposals for new titles are welcome. Send queries to series editor Nancy MacKay, [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Historiography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General