participants or experts in a particular subject or issue and preserving their judgments
and recollections. Oral history materials sound and video recordings, transcribed
interviews, interview notes and memoranda supplement, but do not replace, official written
records. Oral history materials contain information not normally preserved in official
documents." Oral history preserves through interviews an individual's interpretation
or recollection of events. The final product, whether it is an interview tape or
transcript, reflects the combined effort of the interviewer and interviewee in the
creation of a unique historical account.
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For most historians, the interview becomes the "moment of
truth." Oral History, unlike documentary research, brings the researcher into contact
with living, breathing human beings. Their knowledge is the object of value.
Oral histories can provide a wealth of information to
researchers, but most interviews for one reason or another receive limited circulation.
All revised and edited transcripts should be bound in some fashion and placed in the
Interview participants are encouraged to make their oral
histories (tapes or transcripts) as accessible as possible, but some persons may prefer to
restrict access to their interviews. Interviewees should indicate any restrictions they
wish to place on their interviews by indicating it on the release form.