SAA Looking For Volunteer Transcribers

Here is an opportunity to contribute to the history of SAA during its 75th anniversary year by transcribing an oral history interview. You’ll also gain valuable experience in the process. The SAA Oral History Project honors women and men who have contributed to the history of the association by documenting their stories, experiences, and significant moments in the archival profession. Video interviews are typically one to two hours, and feature veteran archivists addressing questions, such as “Why did you become an archivist; what drew you to the profession? For what part of your work would you like most to be remembered? Where do you think our profession is heading?” Eight interviews were conducted last year at the SAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and as a result more than 20 hours of video footage has been added to the SAA Archives. The Oral History Section and the 75th Anniversary Task Force seek volunteers to transcribe these important interviews in preparation for
the 75th anniversary celebration in August 2011. Volunteer transcribers will follow a template and work together with the interviewer and the project team to complete editing. This is a great opportunity for student members to actively participate in SAA and directly contribute to the 75th anniversary. Volunteers will be considered part of the 75th Anniversary Oral History Subcommittee and, in addition, will receive a coupon for a free book from the SAA Bookstore. If you are interested, please contact project coordinator Lauren Kata at

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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