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Oral History Association Joins ACLS as Member Society


The American Council of Learned Societies welcomes the Oral History Association (OHA) as its newest member society. The association was admitted to ACLS at the Council’s 2014 annual meeting, held May 8-10 in Philadelphia.

Established in 1966, the OHA’s mission is to bring together people interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting memories to foster knowledge and dignity. Besides facilitating scholarly communication among its more than 600 members, the OHA maintains a set of “Principles and Best Practices for Oral History” that provide guidance for individuals and institutions involved in the creation, preservation, and publication of oral histories. More information about the OHA and its standards for oral history scholarship is available at www.oralhistory.org/about/.    

The 72 member learned societies of ACLS are national or international organizations in the humanities and related social sciences. While each society is concerned with a distinct field of study, all are involved in the promotion of research, scholarly communication, and education. Profiles of ACLS’s member societies are available at www.acls.org/societies/.

Societies are considered for admission based on the society’s ability to make a “substantial, distinctive, and distinguished contribution” to the ACLS mission of advancing humanistic scholarship. For more information about joining ACLS, visit www.acls.org/about/membership/.

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