Oral History Workshops

WKSP: Fall 2010 OHMAR (Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region)
Workshop – Nov. 4, 2010 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Fall Workshop: Conducting
and Preserving Oral Histories

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) announces its Fall
2010 Workshops to be held on 4 November 2010 at the Chemical Heritage
Foundation (http://www.chemheritage.org) in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. *There will be two sessions, one held in the morning and
one in the afternoon. *

*Morning: “An Introduction to Oral History” with David J. Caruso.
*Oral history is a research method and an innovative tool for
recording and promoting the understanding of contemporary history; it
provides invaluable access to the knowledge, experiences, and
motivations of people, in their own words. Learners in this workshop
will discover the fundamental concepts of developing an oral history
project and the interview process. By the end of the workshop,
participants will know about subject selection, interview preparation,
equipment usage, and how to conduct interviews. Additionally, they
will be able to explain the principles of oral history processing and

*Afternoon: “An Introduction to Audio Preservation” with Cassandra
Gallegos (Safe Sound Archive). *This workshop will provide an overview
of the basics of audio preservation including the different types of
analog audio recordings, how to assess the condition of your
collection and environmental risks. Discussions will include the
proper handling, storage, cleaning, packaging and playback equipment
maintenance for audio recordings. Additionally, there will be a review
of the guidelines and best practices for digital preservation.

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact David
J. Caruso, Program Manager, Oral History, Chemical Heritage Foundation
(dcaruso@chemheritage.org ). For
more information about the workshops and for registration information,
visit OHMAR’s website at http://www.ohmar.org/workshopcurrent.html.

*Registration is due by 1 November 2010*

Shaun Illingworth, Assistant Director
Rutgers Oral History Archives
Department of History
16 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1108


Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
Room 503
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017



Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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