Requests for Permission to Quote and Citation Guidelines
Permission to Quote Requests

Quotation from oral history interview transcripts published by the Regional Oral History Office is allowed without explicit permission if it falls within standards established for fair use of copyright materials. Permission to quote more than 1,000 words total from any single oral history interview transcript must be applied for in writing to the attention of the head of public services, Susan Snyder. The Regents of the University of California hold exclusive copyright for almost all interviews in the ROHO collection, and permission to quote does constitute a non-exclusive, one-time copyright clearance. However, several interviews have joint copyright ownership that may require additional copyright clearance. Check the legal rights page of an interview to determine the copyright status of the interview and if any restrictions have been placed on quotation.

Procedure for Requesting Permission to Publish Bancroft Library Materials

1. Address the request in writing to the Head of Public Services.

The Bancroft Library
Attn: Susan Snyder, Head of Public Services
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
ssnyder@library.berkeley.edu
510.642.7589 fax

2. List material to be published, giving collection name, call number and container number when appropriate. If correspondence, please list the date.

3. Indicate whether the material is to be quoted, cited or reproduced in facsimile.

4. State how the material is to be used:
a. Type of publication
b. Proposed title
c. Publisher's name
d. Expected date of publication
e. Nature of publication, e.g., scholarly, commercial

5. In citing materials, use the following format:

Identification of the item, Name of collection, Call number of collection, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

e.g., Letter, 17 February 1849, from Orville Watson to James Holland, Alexander Holland Papers, BANC MSS 80/375 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

6. The Bancroft Library does not hold the copyright to all of the original materials in its collection. In those cases where copyright resides elsewhere, permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as owner of the physical manuscripts and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the publisher.

7. The Bancroft Library does not grant exclusive publication rights. By giving permission to publish a manuscript, the Library does not surrender its own right to publish it or to give others permission to publish it.

8. The Bancroft Library requests a complimentary copy of all publications which make significant use of its collections.

9. Publication of entire manuscript items or substantial portions of an item may be subject to use fees.

Users are encouraged to employ the following bibliographic citation forms for ROHO Oral Histories:
Bibliographic citation for a single interview:
Broussard, Allen E., A California Supreme Court Justice Looks at Law and Society, 1964-1996, typescript of an oral history conducted 1991-1996 by Gabrielle Morris, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1997, 266 pp.
Footnote citation for a single interview:
Allen E. Broussard, A California Supreme Court Justice Looks at Law and Society, 1964-1996, an oral history conducted 1991-1996, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1997, pp. 134-136.
Bibliographic citation for one interview in a multi-volume oral history:
Silverman, Mervyn F., "Public Health Director, The Bathhouse Crisis: 1983-1984," typescript of an oral history conducted 1993, in The AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco: The Medical Response, 1981-1984, Volume I, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1995, 276 pp.
Footnote citation for one interview in a multi-volume oral history:
Mervyn F. Silverman, "Public Health Director, The Bathhouse Crisis: 1983-1984," an oral history conducted in 1993, in The AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco: The Medical Response, 1981-1984, Volume I, Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley, 1995, p. 117.

Oral History Usage Guidelines

Oral history is a method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews between a narrator with firsthand knowledge of historically significant events and a well-informed interviewer, with the goal of preserving substantive additions to the historical record. Because it is primary material, oral history is not intended to present the final, verified, or complete narrative of events. It is a spoken account. It reflects personal opinion offered by the interviewee in response to questioning, and as such it is partisan, deeply involved, and irreplaceable.

All literary rights in the manuscript, including the right to publish, are reserved to The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley. No part of the manuscript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of the director of The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley.

 



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