OHAM's aim is to make as much material available to as many users as possible. We are (as all oral history projects) bound by certain restrictions. The law in the United States regarding ownership and use of the spoken word gives all rights to the speaker, not the institution or individual who may own the physical property. Therefore, OHAM is concerned with rights and permissions which vary from one individual to another. Moreover, as an adjunct of the Yale University Library, OHAM is governed by the Library's regulations concerning use and accessibility.

All of OHAM's tape-recorded interviews are transcribed (except acquired interviews). They can be listened to or read in our offices. If permissions allow, transcripts may be purchased and mailed; copies of tapes are not supplied except under special circumstances. A table of contents is prepared to assist the user in determining the content of each memoir. A user may request these in advance, free of charge.

OHAM makes use of several permission forms. One is for the interviewee. It is sent with the transcript when it is ready for corrections and approval. The form allows the interviewee to choose a category of use: "Open; Open with permission required for publication; or Restricted." Most subjects choose "Open with permission for publication." This allows for use of the material for research, preceding possible publication. Another permission form is for the user. This form is available as an Adobe PDF file below, which may be downloaded and filled out before contacting OHAM. This will allow the OHAM staff to assess the status of the desired material. The form can be sent to :


   Oral History American Music,

   Yale School of Music and Library

   PO Box 208307

   New Haven, CT 06520-8307


   Fax: (203) 432-1989


Permission to Examine Form (PDF files - require free Adobe Acrobat Reader)

User Acquisition Agreement Form

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Last Updated: 05/15/07