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Saturday, August 17 • 9:45am - 11:15am
SESSION 708 - Privacy, Academic Freedom, and the Law: Collecting and Protecting Oral Histories

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During the last decade, federal law and institutional policies have increasingly been applied to oral history methodology and collections. From institutional review boards (IRBs) to federal subpoenas, oral historians and collecting repositories face a number of challenges in their efforts to gain the trust and maintain the privacy of their subjects. Although collection restrictions may be granted, when facing a subpoena, how much power do these agreements truly hold? Learn more about the rights and responsibilities of archivists working with contentious oral history collections and the legal power of repository-imposed restrictions.


Mary Clark

Director, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University

Cliff Kuhn

Executive Director, Oral History Association
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Mary Larson

Associate Dean for Special Collections, Oklahoma State University
Oral history, women's archives, digital humanities, ethics and evolving technologies

Donald Ritchie

Historian, United States Senate

Saturday August 17, 2013 9:45am - 11:15am CDT
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