Giving Voice: Interpreting and Preserving Oral Histories

Contributed by Stephanie Bailey

An Educational Opportunity, presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

November 6, 2013

Philadelphia, PA

Hosted and co-sponsored by: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

With the rise of audiovisual technology in the 20th century, many libraries, archives, museums and historical societies—as well as families and individuals—embarked upon projects 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.  Obviously of great value and worthy of preservation, oral history material must be considered at risk until an institution conscientiously develops strategies to preserve its oral history material.

This national conference brings together noted historians and preservation experts to discuss best practices and methods for capturing, sharing and interpreting oral histories.  Topics inclue:

Topics To Be Covered Include:

•  Best practices for collecting stories

•  Basic principles for managing oral histories within your repository

•  Strategies for preserving audiovisual materials

•  Access

•  Outreach and exhibition

•  Reaching and documenting under-represented 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; 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 program and online registration is available at .

Major funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts.



The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is the country’s largest nonprofit conservation facility serving cultural, research and educational institutions, as well as individuals and private organizations.  CCAHA‘s mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage.  CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art on paper, such as drawings, prints, maps, posters, historic wallpaper, photographs, rare books, scrapbooks, and manuscripts, along with related materials like parchment and papyrus.  CCAHA also offers digital imaging services, on-site consultations, educational programs, fellowships, and emergency conservation services.

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