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Archives Principles and Best Practices

Dear OHA Members, 

We are excited to present a newly created Oral History ARCHIVES Principles and Best Practices guide for your review. As many of you may remember, last year a task force of OHA members worked on developing the new OHA Principles and Best Practices. This document was shared with OHA members who provided feedback; the document was formally accepted at the OHA Business Meeting in October 2018. The Archives guide is intended as an addendum to that work, potentially the first in a suite of addendums that deal with specific topics within the oral history field. As with the document from last year, we are asking for community feedback on this new work. 

Please note – a diverse group of your oral history peers created a detailed guide that was more extensive than originally intended to fit into the Best Practices schema. As a result, there are two components to the guide – an Overview and a Manual. The Overview is meant as just that – a quick look at archiving and oral history intended as an introduction to how the two operate together. The expectation is that readers who want to dig deeper into one or all of the sections mentioned in the Overview will find the corresponding details in the full Manual. 

Final presentation of the Overview and the complete Manual on the OHA website is yet to be determined. For now we have put corresponding page numbers to the complete Manual in the Overview to act as placeholders. 

We welcome your feedback on both documents, as well as ideas you may have about the best ways to make the documents readily accessible and user-friendly. Please note that only the overview document will be up for official adoption at the OHA Business Meeting. We provide both documents so you can see how they function together but if you would like to comment only on the Overview document, we welcome that specific feedback. 

Here are links to the two documents:
Overview_OHA Archives Principles and Best Practices

Complete Manual_OHA Archives Principles and Best Practices