H-ORALHIST is built on the work of OHA-L which began in 1993 under Dr. Terry Birdwhistell at the University of Kentucky. It included subscribers from a variety of backgrounds, including public historians, students, local historians, and university faculty members.
Active editing on H-ORALHIST stimulates discussions which reflect the theory as well as the practice of oral history interviewing. The main objective of H-ORALHIST is to provide an interactive forum for individuals interested in using oral history as defined above or for those who wish to contest the above definition.
H-ORALHIST differs from other publications on oral history because of its interactive nature and its immediacy. Subscription is free and subscribers automatically receive messages in their computer mailboxes. Messages can be saved, discarded, copied, printed out, or relayed to someone else. It is like a newsletter that is free and published daily.
The primary purpose of H-ORALHIST is to enable oral historians more easily to discuss research interests, current projects, teaching methods and the state of historiography in the field. H-ORALHIST is especially interested in methods of teaching oral history to graduate and undergraduate students in diverse settings.
H-ORALHIST seeks to feature dialogues in the discipline, publish syllabi, outlines, handouts, bibliographies, tables of contents of journals, guides to term papers, listings of new sources, library catalogs and archives, and reports on new software, datasets and cd-roms. Subscribers write in with questions, comments and reports. H-ORALHIST posts announcements of conferences, fellowships and jobs. It carries information about new books and commissions book reviews. We will not become an electronic journal. Items posted on H-Oralhist are in the public domain, and may be copied, forwarded, re-disseminated, and/or downloaded provided credit is given to the original author.
The editors are advised by an international editorial board broadly representative of the state of scholarship.In cases of contentious messages to the list, the editor on duty may consult with the co-editors and the editorial board to reach a decision whether to post, which will be final. H-ORALHIST is non-partisan and will refrain from posting calls for political action. Where listmembers disagree, their messages should focus on the issues and not on persons. In certain cases, the editors may refer a message back to the contributor either to clarify the content or to focus the issue more closely on the perceived interests of the list. The intention of such action is not to censor but to define the professional and scholarly character of H-ORALHIST.
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