WPCF Oral History Project
Background and miscellaneous information:
The oral history page provides a link to a preface, which explains the origins and purpose of the oral history project, as well as important copyright and citation information. Please read the preface before using the oral history interviews.
Another link provides the user with a list of acknowledgments to supporters of the project. The user can also access a list of repositories around the country which house printed copies of the oral history interview transcripts. We have also included a link to brief biographies of the interviewers whose work contributed to the success of this project.
Accessing the interview transcripts:
And finally, the oral history project page includes a link to a list of the women interviewed as part of the "Women in Journalism" project. This brief, name-only list provides direct access to each available interview by clicking on a journalist's name. Users can also link to more expanded lists, which include paragraph-length descriptions of the interviewees and thumbnail photographs. Users can connect to larger photographs and the transcripts from the expanded lists as well.
The first document a user encounters after clicking on a name to access a particular interview is a cover page. The cover provides basic information about the interview, including several links. Most importantly, the cover page lists the dates on which interview sessions were conducted. Clicking on a date will take the user to the transcript of that particular session. (To keep the size of the files as small as possible, each interview session comprises a separate document.) The cover page also provides links to a photograph, an introduction, an index, and the interviewer biography. A few interviews also include appendix material or other relevant documents.
The index may be useful to those researchers seeking a discussion on a particular subject. Each interview has a single consolidated index which references all interview sessions. The page numbers for each session are provided with links to aid in finding a particular reference in the text.
Each interview session document includes links to the other sessions of that interview, as well as links to the supporting documents mentioned above. If another interviewee is mentioned in the text of the transcript, a link is provided to her descriptive paragraph. Page breaks are clearly marked to aid researchers wishing to cite the interview transcripts. (See information on citatations.)
We hope that by posting the WPCF's oral history project on the internet we can widen the access to this valuable source of information. Students and researchers who are unable to visit the libraries and institutions holding "Women in Journalism" transcripts can now read on-line some of the history of womens' struggles to achieve representation, equality, and excellence in the field of journalism. We thank all the women who participated in the oral history project, with special thanks to those women who agreed to this on-line project, thereby making their fascinating stories available to a much larger readership.
© 1996, Washington Press Club Foundation.
Washington, DC. .
No part of the material on this site may be reproduced, performed, distributed, transmitted, or adapted, outside of fair use, without the express written permission of the Washington Press Club Foundation. Permission requests should be directed to the address above.