Kentucky Institutions to Participate in Oral History Day

By Allison Tracy, oral history administrator

Ky Oral History Day MarkOral history collections provide researchers insight into the lived experience of history, provide people a connection to long-passed relatives, and can provide the professional staff working to preserve and promote them quite a headache. Understanding that oral history collections need specialized attention and care, the Kentucky Council on Archives (KCA), the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) and the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) teamed up to make Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, Oral History Day in Kentucky.

Our goals for the day are to improve access to oral history collections in archival repositories across the Commonwealth and to promote awareness of oral history collection needs and strategies for oral history collection management.

Activities for the day fall into four categories: Manage, Preserve, Access and Promote.

The flexible design of Oral History Day welcomes participants from large institutions with robust oral history collections to small shops with limited resources. The guiding factor is that all participants pledge to devote at least a portion of the day to managing or promoting the oral histories in their collections. The work will be done at each organization’s own home. Participants should focus on their repository’s collection needs. Since not all institutions have the same resources or collections, the work can be scaled to whatever time and resources your institution can dedicate. The activities you do choose to perform should be guided by professional standards and best practices.

For more information on Oral History Day, please check out our website. Here you can get information on the sort of tasks you can perform with your oral histories, and learn what other institutions are planning for the day. If you would like to participate, please fill out our Google form. If you have any questions or would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact me at 502-564-1792 or allison.tracy@ky.gov.

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