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Oral history is a method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews between a narrator with firsthand knowledge of historically significant events and a well-informed interviewer, with the goal of preserving substantive additions to the historical record. Because it is primary material, oral history is not intended to present the final, verified, or complete narrative of events. It is a spoken account. It reflects personal opinion offered by the interviewee in response to questioning, and as such it is partisan, deeply involved, and irreplaceable.

Please check at the beginning of each transcript for further information on copyright, but in most of our oral histories, literary rights in the manuscript, including the right to publish, are reserved to The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley. In all cases, excerpts up to 1000 words from each interview may be quoted for publication without seeking permission as long as the use is non-commercial and properly cited.

Requests for permission to quote for other publication should be addressed to the Permissions & Access Officer, Ms. Michael Lange, at mlange@berkeley.edu and follow instructions at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/rights-and-permissions.

Requests for access to and use of original sound and video recordings are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Oral History Center director with initial inquiries: mmeeker@library.berkeley.edu