Policies for using the collection
Compliance with Release Agreements
The Institute of Oral History and the University must abide by terms of the agreement signed by narrators, interviewers, and/or donors when they assigned ownership, including copyright, to the University. Interviews cataloged as "unrestricted" are open to the public. Interviews cataloged as "restricted" are subject to various time seals and other special conditions. In some cases, materials from these restricted interviews may be used by compliance with the imposed condition. Check with staff of Special Collections for information about these matters.
Permission to Publish
Users are expected to comply with the generally accepted policy known as "fair use." In no case should entire transcripts be reproduced, and only brief passages should be quoted verbatim. If you desire to publish, distribute, prepare for public performance, broadcast, or display a substantial portion of an interview, you should obtain permission in writing from Special Collections. "Permission to publish" forms are available from the Special Collections Department.
Patrons are expected to properly cite the interviews they use. Citations should include: Name of the interviewee, name of the interviewer, date of interview, number of the interview as it appears in the collection catalog, Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.
Example of citation: Interview with Nevil Shed by Charles Martin, February 28, 1986, Interview No. 748, Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.
Transcripts of unrestricted interviews are available on microfilm through interlibrary loan. Tapes and photocopies of transcripts are not subject to interlibrary loan.