Museums - Oral History Program FAQ

Oral History Program
Frequently Asked Questions

We are honored that you will be contributing to an oral history program to record our community’s many stories! 

Any information, stories and knowledge that you are willing to contribute will be greatly appreciated. It is your choice as to what information you’d like to share with us and the public.

Why does the Museum need copyright for my stories?

Your stories belong to you. When you create something or when you are the caretaker or culture bearer of a story, song, dance, or work of art, the Museum can’t use that for education or research without your permission. By signing the form, you are allowing the Museum to use the interview and any other items you provide to educate the public about the history and culture of our region.

If I sign the form do I lose the rights to this interview and the information I provide?

No, you keep those rights. This is a non-exclusive agreement, by signing this form you are sharing your rights with the Museum.

Can I put other restrictions on how my interview is used?

Yes, it is possible to do this if material you share in the interview is sensitive or very personal. The Museum respects your story.

What are examples of restrictions that cannot be accepted?

Interviews accepted into Ketchikan Museums’ oral history archive must be available for public use. 

We cannot accept recordings into our collection where:

  1. The narrator or other body must be consulted prior to each use of the interview. Such a restriction severely reduces the circulation and usefulness of the interview and makes long term management impossible.
  2. Individuals and/or members of particular groups are forbidden to use the interview.  Ketchikan Museums is firmly committed to the principles of intellectual freedom and will not accept any form of discrimination.
  3. The interviewer and/or narrator prohibit Ketchikan Museums from making copies of the interviews and/or insists upon retaining the right to sell copies.  We need to be able to make copies of interviews for preservation, use, transcription, and for the narrators and their families.
  4. Multiple participants appear on a recording without a signed Oral History Gift and Release Agreement form from each participant. Each participant on the recording must sign a release.

Am I limited in retelling or sharing my story with other groups when I have shared it with you?

None of the above stated conditions restricts you from retelling or rerecording again any of the information you gave during this oral history interview. Your stories are your own. Your choice to share them with others is your decision independent of this interview.

Can I have a copy of the interview?

Yes, we can provide the person being interviewed with access to the interview, if requested.

Once you are ready you can submit your Oral History using our form here: 

Submit Oral History