The Oral History Association and the Boston College Case

The “Boston College Case,” as it has come to be known, involves complicated issues regarding the relationship between oral history, legal imperatives, and ethics – not to mention criminal prosecutions and politics. The Oral History Association, which “encourages standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, dissemination and uses of oral testimony,” has issued a thoughtful and informed statement about the case and the important issues it raises.

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  1. Christopher Riedel

    It’s also worth noting that the history department at BC had nothing to do with this project, and the head of Irish Studies was told not to ask questions or get involved. This project was academic by only the loosest of definitions, in that the organizer somehow managed to get a college to hold the recordings he made. That’s another issue people interested in this case should be discussing.

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