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One New Thing
Thursday, May 06, 2004
One New Thing: Oral history in Australia

Someone mentioned oral history collections on the NewGrad list and I realised I don’t know much about them, so I’ve been researching. It seems that we do have an Oral History Association of Australia, Inc. and their website outlines the ethical guidelines associated with creating and maintaining oral history collections. There’s a lot to consider in terms of copyright, defamation law, and confidentiality before you even get to interview skills: this is definitely a specialised sort of field. I couldn’t find a lot on oral history training in Australia however: just a couple of universities that include it in courses on indigenous history.

The NLA has a directory of Australia’s oral history collections. I also found the newsletters of the International Oral History Association interesting reading.

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