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Oral History of American Music Collections Guide: Accessing OHAM

A comprehensive guide to the collections of Oral History of American Music.

How to Listen and Read

OHAM collections can be located through Archives at Yale. Once located, recordings for most interviews can then be streamed online via OHAM’s AV Access System, Aviary.

Streaming Audio:
Access to Aviary from Archives at Yale is provided by clicking on the OHAM logo provided for an interview. See this example.
Users on the Yale network (either on campus or on the Yale VPN) will then be able to simply play back the interview recording in Aviary.
Users not on the Yale network should follow the steps outlined in this video to gain 30 days free access to interviews.

If you would like transcripts of any of these interviews, click here to fill out a request form and a staff member will provide you with any available PDFs for download.

Access and Use

OHAM provides access to interview recordings and text transcripts for personal research use, teaching, and educational purposes. Free online streaming access to most OHAM original interview recordings is available. Digital copies of most transcripts are also available at no charge. A limited number of acquired materials are also digitized and/or transcribed, and are available for access.

In accordance with Yale's Web Accessibility Policy, accessible versions of OHAM’s materials can be provided upon request. The time required to prepare these accessible versions will vary.

Researchers wishing to publish or broadcast OHAM materials are responsible for obtaining direct authorization from copyright holders.  Generally, the interviewees or their estates hold the copyright.