The Regional Alliance for Preservation provides information and resources on preservation and conservation for cultural institutions and the public throughout the United States.


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Giving Voice: Interpreting & Preserving Oral Histories (Denver, CO)

After countless advances in audiovisual technology during the 20th century, libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies, families, and individuals set out to capture the stories of the past through recordings. This oral history material was preserved using magnetic recording tapes, film, and digital formats—many now obsolete. Any oral history material in collections should be considered at-risk until an institution conscientiously develops strategies to preserve it.

This conference, intended for archivists, librarians, collections managers, and any other collections staff working with oral histories, brings together noted historians and preservation experts to discuss best practices and methods for capturing and sharing oral histories.
Topics include: 
  • Best practices for collecting stories 

  • Basic principles for managing oral histories within your repository

  • Strategies for preserving audiovisual materials

  • Providing access

  • Outreach and exhibition

  • Reaching and documenting underrepresented groups


George Blood, President, George Blood Audio and Video

Doug Boyd, Director, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

Charles Hardy III, Professor of History, West Chester University

Abby Hoverstock, Senior Archivist/Librarian Western History and Genealogy, Denver Public Library

James X. Kroll, Manager of Western History and Genealogy Department and the Blair/Caldwell Branch, Denver Public Library

Bertram Lyons, Senior Consultant, AVPreserve

CCAHA & LYRASIS Members $110.00
Non-Members $125.00


Click here for more information and to register!