|Mississippi Oral History Program
The Mississippi Oral History Program
is a joint venture by a state agency, a state university, and the Mississippi
Humanities Council to document and preserve the history and culture of this
state through a statewide oral history project.
Department of Archives and History is the state agency which receives the
special funds from the Mississippi Legislature, immediately passing the money to
MHC. MHC handles administrative details and money, makes grants to non-profit
groups for oral history projects in local communities, promotes and advertises
the program, arranges for public programs and special interviews, purchases
equipment and materials, and generally tends to all details other than training
and interviewing. MHC staff oversee the program, and the Council funds oral
history projects with its own money as well as with state funds.
University of Southern Mississippi carries out the details of the project, with
professional staff working with local groups to conduct training, helping with
planning specific projects, serving as consultants and trouble-shooters. Once
collected, they are professionally transcribed at USM, with copies of tapes and
of printed interviews going to the local sites and each participant. The master
tapes remain at the USM library, where they are permanently archived, according
to standards established by a Professional Standards Committee. The materials
are readily available to scholars and researchers, teachers and students, and to
the general public, and on the internet.
The Mississippi Oral History program is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council with funding from the Mississippi Legislature through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.