Using the Collections

 

The interviews collected by the Reichelt Oral History Program are intended as evidence for historical investigations, whether for student history projects or papers, personal interest or professional research. The following information deals with how researchers may access the interviews and use them.

Open Interviews vs. Restricted Interviews

While most of the over 2,000 interviews in the possession of the Reichelt Oral History Program are in some way represented on this website, only a fraction have transcripts available. This is because the Program does not have permission to electronically distribute many of the transcripts it has on file. These documents may still be available however. The interviews are divided into three catgeories based on accessibility:

R = Read Only - Interviews designated as Read-Only are interviews for which the Program has no verifiable permission from the interviewee to distribute the transcript or audio recording of their words. While these interviews may not be quoted or cited, they may still be of use to researchers in that they may contain important ideas, names, dates, etc. that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to find. These interviews are not available online, but interested researchers may either visit the Program’s office at Florida State University or request information about an interview by emailing the Program at rohp@fsu.edu. Note that the Program reserves the right to restrict access to these interviews based on its own discretion or that of the interviewee.

S = Onsite Research - Interviews in this category are accessible for research either at the Program’s office in Tallahassee or by requesting a PDF copy of the transcript from the Director by emailing the Program at rohp@fsu.edu. Note that the Program reserves the right to restrict access to these interviews based on its own discretion or that of the interviewee.

E = Electronic Research - Interviews designated “E” are available for electronic distribution and generally will be available on this website. No further communication with the Program is required to access and use these interviews, but researchers are responsible for properly following laws regarding copyright. The Program also requires as a condition of using this website that researchers properly cite any interviews they may use according to the format given below.

Copyright

Regardless of whether an interview is restricted or not, the Reichelt Program does not retain copyright to any interview. Full copyright rests with the interviewee. Researchers may obtain contact information on an interviewee if it is available by contacting the Program by email at rohp@fsu.edu or by telephone at 850-644-4966.

Proper Citation

The preferred format for citing interviews from the Reichelt Program is as follows: Interview with (insert interviewee’s name) on (insert date of interview), Reichelt Oral History Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. For example, if you are citing an interview with Alan Gregory that was conducted on April 5th, 2008, your footnote would look like this:

1. Interview with Alan Gregory on April 5, 2008, Reichelt Oral History Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

A Special Note on World War II Interviews

Many interviewees from the World War II category have also donated memorabilia to the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, also located in the History Department at Florida State University. Permission to use a person’s interview from the Reichelt Oral History Program does not imply permission for access, citation or use of any item in the collections the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience may have from that interviewee. Contact the Institute using the information from their website to learn more about accessing their collections.