University of Southern California
Source and Holdings Notes:
The two Southern California corpora were recorded on audiocassettes during the late 1970s. Although the tapes are in good condition, they are obsolete media and as such are all but inaccessible to researchers who could otherwise benefit from studying them. As with all obsolete media, digitization is the most effective method for preserving the audiovisual information recorded on the original media formats. This project will ensure the information recorded on these original 1970s audiocassettes survives to be studied by future researchers.
Intellectual Property Considerations:
Professor Carmen Silva-Corvalán, who is working closely with us during this multi-year project, will convey the copyright to the 63 hours of recordings we will digitize in our proposed 12-month project. In her signed gift agreement for all previously digitized materials, she has assigned the copyrights to USC And given USC the rights to digitize these materials for free online public access.
To protect the privacy and related rights of Silva-Corvalán’s interview subjects and their families, many of whom are still living, we are redacting identifying personal information from the publicly accessible digital audio recordings in the DPLA and USC Digital Library. We are taking this approach in keeping with best practices for digital library projects that involve personal information. The USC Digital Library has taken similar approaches to other projects involving personal information, and the research value of the recordings does not depend on providing the names and other identifying information for Silva-Corvalán’s interview subjects.
We will preserve the unredacted digital audio recordings along with the redacted versions in the USC Digital Repository.