Giving Voice: Interpreting & Preserving Oral Histories


November 6, 2013, Philadelphia, PA

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

With countless advances made in audiovisual technology during the 20th century, libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies, as well as families and individuals, set out to capture the stories of the past through
recordings. This oral history material was preserved using magnetic recording tapes, film, and digital formats-many now obsolete. While of great value and worthy of preservation, any oral history material in a collection should be considered at-risk until an institution conscientiously develops strategies to preserve it.

This national conference, intended for archivists, librarians, collections managers, and any other collections staff working with oral histories, brings together noted historians and preservation experts to discuss best practices and methods for capturing and sharing oral histories.

Topics include:

*Best practices for collecting stories
*Basic principles for managing oral histories within your repository
*Strategies for preserving audiovisual materials
*Outreach and exhibition
*Reaching and documenting underrepresented groups


George Blood
President, George Blood Audio and Video

Charles Hardy III
Professor of History, West Chester University

Bertram Lyons
Folklife Specialist/Digital Assets Manager, Library of Congress American Folklife Center

Joyce Hill Stoner
Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture, University of Delaware (UD)
Paintings Conservator, Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation
Director, UD Preservation Studies Doctoral Program

Sady Sullivan
Director of Oral History, Brooklyn Historical Society

More information about this programme, including registration fees and online registration, is available at

Major funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), with additional support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Independence Foundation, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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