Character-Set: UTF-8WELCOME TO THE H-ORALHIST NETWORK!
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This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this network. It contains information on using the list (managing your subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing addresses of the list editors; a list of the current editorial board); rules for posting (style, editorial practice); information about the network's associated service on the World Wide Web; and contact information about the network's parent, H-Net.
I. The H-ORALHIST Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.
H-ORALHIST is a network of people interested in oral history. Oral history
is commonly defined as a method of collecting and preserving tape-recorded
remembrances of past experiences. Although historians have been
interviewing people since the ancient Chinese dynasties, the modern oral
history movement is considered to have begun in 1948 when Allan Nevins
established the Columbia
University Oral History Research Office. The Oral History Association, with 1,200 members, promotes oral history internationally.
H-ORALHIST is built on the work of OHA-L which began in 1993 under Dr. Terry Birdwhistell at the University of Kentucky. It included subscribers from a variety of backgrounds, including public historians, students, local historians, and university faculty members.
Active editing on H-ORALHIST stimulates discussions which reflect the
theory as well as the practice of oral history interviewing. The main
objective of H-ORALHIST is to provide an interactive forum for individuals
interested in using oral history as defined above or for those who wish to
contest the above definition.
H-ORALHIST differs from other publications on oral history because of its interactive nature and its immediacy. Subscription is free and subscribers automatically receive messages in their computer mailboxes. Messages can be saved, discarded, copied, printed out, or relayed to someone else. It is like a newsletter that is free and published daily.
The primary purpose of H-ORALHIST is to enable oral historians more easily
to discuss research interests, current projects, teaching methods and the
state of historiography in the field. H-ORALHIST is especially interested
in methods of teaching oral history to graduate and undergraduate students
in diverse settings.
H-ORALHIST seeks to feature dialogues in the discipline, publish syllabi,
outlines, handouts, bibliographies, tables of contents of journals, guides
to term papers, listings of new sources, library catalogs and archives, and
reports on new software, datasets and cd-roms. Subscribers write in with
questions, comments and reports. H-ORALHIST posts announcements of
conferences, fellowships and jobs. It carries information about new books
and commissions book reviews. We will not become an electronic journal.
Items posted on H-Oralhist are in the public domain, and may be copied,
forwarded, re-disseminated, and/or downloaded provided credit is given to
the original author.
The editors serve
two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee and rotate their duties. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editors will solicit postings (by email, phone and even by regular mail), will assist people in managing subscriptions and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-ORALHIST can and might do is invited to send in ideas. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net lists, H-ORALHIST is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at:
For a list of current editors, visit: http://www.h-net.org/~oralhist
III. Communicating Through the List.
A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its lists to be a form of publication. All contributions to H-ORALHIST fall under Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies concerning copyright and intellectual property:
"H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of publication." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and grants to H-ORALHIST and H-Net permission to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions without further permission. Postings (such as H-Net reviews) that are commissioned by H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and may be reprinted for nonprofit, educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, location, and H-Net. A full copy of the H-Net Constitution and Bylaws and other important information may be found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.
B. Contributions: "Netiquette." The tone and content of H-ORALHIST depend directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the World Wide Web; we invite you consult them.
-- ALL MAIL TO THE LIST MUST BE SIGNED. The editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.
-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the list's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the subscription list.
-- STYLE: the default editorial style for the list is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.
-- FORMAT: Please send messages in plain text: no styles, html, special fonts, graphics files, or nonstandard characters (except diacriticals, which are acceptable). Signature files are subject to editing for content and length. Advertisements in signatures will be removed. Remove or turn off .vcf, digital signatures, or other automatic attachments. As a rule, editors do not redistribute attachments to the list; consider posting the material at a web site, or consult with the editor concerning proper venues for publication.
IV. Technical Information.
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sub H-ORALHIST your name, institution
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to the list address and have an editor make the change for you; be sure to
provide your old and new addresses.
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directly to H-ORALHIST@h-net.msu.edu. Please see III above on style and
formatting of messages to the list.
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6.) If you are away for an extended period, suspend H-ORALHIST email by sending this to firstname.lastname@example.org:
SET H-ORALHIST NOMAIL
7.) After vacation, you can resume by sending to email@example.com:
SET H-ORALHIST MAIL
8.) If you prefer to receive one daily digest of all posts to H-ORALHIST instead of various individual posts, you can do so by sending this to firstname.lastname@example.org:
SET H-ORALHIST DIGEST
To return to individual messages, send the following message:
SET H-ORALHIST NODIGEST
V. The H-ORALHIST Site on the World Wide Web
In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail,
H-ORALHIST also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located
on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan,
USA. It may be located by following the hypertext links at
http://www.h-net.org.The H-ORALHIST web site contains the following
information and services:
- The archives of the H-ORALHIST list, known as its "logs." They are in
searchable and sortable format.
- The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other lists.
V. Advisory Board.
H-ORALHIST's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term
policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in
serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members
referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic
subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among
editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to
discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are
encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas
and concerns about H-ORALHIST.
For a list of the current advisory board, visit: http://www.h-net.org/~oralhist
VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and
social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a
variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and
social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a
positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of
ideas and scholarly resources.
The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.
H-Net's Constitution and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and
committees, is available at:
Among H-Net's many services are:
- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at the World Wide Web. http://www.h-net.org/reviews
- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. http://www.matrix.msu.edu/jobs
- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce
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