An Examination of Oral History and Archival Practices among Graduate Students in Select Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities

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Hendrigan, H. (2016). An Examination of Oral History and Archival Practices among Graduate Students in Select Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities. Oral History Forum d’histoire Orale, 36(0). Retrieved from http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca/index.php/ohf/article/view/614

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2016-04-05
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Oral history
Preservation of archival materials
Theses
Digital preservation
Interviews
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Preserving oral history interviews is an important aspect of oral history practice. This article examines a sample of theses published by Canadian graduate students and asks two questions: first, how many researchers who conducted oral histories archived their interviews; second, how many researchers consulted oral history interviews as a secondary data source? Thirty-six theses from five universities were examined. 81% of the theses applied oral history as a methodology; 41% examined oral history interviews previously recorded; 22% conducted original interviews in addition to consulting previously recorded interviews. The archival rate of original interviews was 28%. Possible reasons for the low archival rate are discussed. Recent Tri-Agency funding agencies requiring Canadian scholars to adhere to new open access policies could result in higher preservation rates of oral history interviews

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