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OHA Archives Interest Group (OHA-AIG)


The Oral History Association Archives Interest Group aims to provide a forum for discussing best practices and generating interest in the intersections between Oral History and Archives.

Members will engage by regularly meeting to share their experiences with each other, identifying topics of interest or inquiry, and taking action to advocate for or disseminate their findings to the OHA, information professionals, and allied communities.


The OHA Archives Interest Group was created in 2013 and has met consistently at OHA general meetings since that time. In 2013 and 2014 the AIG was involved in assisting the evolution of the OHA Metatdata Task Force, and in 2016 the group initiated a bi-monthly informal discussion forum to provide more frequent communications between meetings. David Olson of Columbia University acted as convener for this forum, coordinating the conference calls from January 2017 until October 2018. At the 2018 OHA Annual Meeting in Montreal Heidi Abbey Moyer of Pennsylvania State University, and Tina Wright, of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte volunteered to become co-conveners for 2019.


  • The AIG invites all who are interested to join the AIG Google Group: for discussion and call updates.

  • Conference calls are held during the second week of every other month starting each year in January. The exact day and time are determined by polling members in advance.

  • Discussion topics are determined by group interest and coordinated by the conveners.

Areas of practice discussed to date:

  • Digital Preservation

  • Version Control

  • Policies of Redaction

  • Audio​ ​preservation​ storage and standards

  • Recording Equipment

  • Matadata (Metadata Task Force presentation)

  • Video preservation at Baylor University Institute for Oral History (presentation)

  • Collection management–challenges, tools and systems