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Abstract

This article will introduce oral history curators, archivists, librarians, researchers, and others interested in the preservation and accessibility of oral history recordings to a fascinating project at the Alaska and Polar Regions Department, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Project Jukebox is an exciting, unique approach to age-old problems of preservation, storage, and retrieval of oral history records. Using state-of-the-art technology, Project Jukebox allows a researcher to find an appropriate interview, to listen to the interview, to look at historical photographs relative to the interview, to locate the site of the interview on a map, and when available, to read a transcript of the interview. The original records are not subject to damage from handling because the patron works from a digitized record on the computer.

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