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Jessica Leming wrote:
> Preserving Oral Histories (Live Online) 06/22/2010, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
> This class covers the selection of appropriate storage formats and 
> housings for sound and video recordings, transcribed interviews, 
> interview notes and photographs.
>
> Caring for Originals during Scanning Projects (Live Online) 

The irony is, that when the original concept of "oral history" was
developed at Columbia University, the standard was to ERASE the
recordings -- except for a five minute sample -- after the interviews
were transcribed onto paper and the subject had finished editing the
transcript.  Only the corrected written transcript was considered
important.  They noted that even after they started retaining the tapes
most of the users only went to the written transcript.  One of their
first clients was the Broadcast Pioneers.  An article using the
transcripts was in a 1956 American Heritage magazine.  The broadcasters
were infuriated, as could be expected, when they learned there were no
tapes available for them to use for actual broadcasts, there were only
transcripts! 

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]