[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Oral history cataloging

Oliver, Catherine coliver at nmu.edu
Tue Mar 24 12:51:38 EDT 2015

Hi Katherine,

Our oral histories have come to us by and large as collections of physical media from local scholars and organizations.  We describe them in detail at the collection level in a resource record, with the individual carriers for the oral histories (cassettes, discs, what have you) arranged in series by topic or form and described at the item level (required fields only).  The digital-object records for the digital surrogates and digitized transcripts are linked to the archival object records as instances.

We're still debating how best to use the Events for the individual archival objects- if anyone's come up with a useful workflow that incorporates that functionality, please let us know!

Catherine Oliver
Metadata and Cataloging Services Librarian
Lydia M. Olson Library, Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
coliver at nmu.edu

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:35:58 +0000
From: Katherine Meyers <kmeyers at Intrepidmuseum.org>
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Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone else was considering managing and cataloging an ongoing oral history project in ASpace.  At Intrepid we are considering how we could use ASpace to catalog oral histories on an item-level, and maybe publish them through the public interface.  Considerations include how we might link up some of the various digital files.  Maybe each oral history gets a Resource record, and under it is a Digital Object that has the AVI and MP4 file versions, with another Digital Object under the Resource record for the transcript PDF.  We are also thinking about how various parts of the project's process could be tracked in the Resource records and/or through Events- interview planning, signing of paperwork, completion and approval of transcription, etc.   If anyone has a similar project or would like to discuss these ideas, any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Katherine Meyers
Collections Assistant, Archives Specialist Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
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