1. HOW DO I SEARCH FOR ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS?

Users who are searching for oral history interviews may begin their search from the database of Oral History Interviews in our public database, Archives Online at //www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/oral_history_interviews/.

You can search using either the basic or advanced search feature. The former is useful when you are looking to find as many oral history interview recordings relevant to a particular theme or topic. However, as a basic search could yield too many results, users may wish to refine their search using the Advanced Search page at //www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/oral_history_interviews/#advanced-search. Users can also search for interviews from specific projects using the drop down menu, under Collection and Project Title.

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2. HOW DO I LISTEN TO THE ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS?

Users can only listen to oral history interviews that are classified under Open Access directly on the site. For interviews that are not available for direct listening, they will have to request via the NAS e-Request system. Depending on the condition governing access, National Archives of Singapore may in most cases, not be able to give you details of the interviewees/depositing agencies.

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3. HOW DO I REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO CITE FROM ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS?

If you do not require a copy of the audio recording or transcript, and would like to seek permission to cite from the transcripts and audio online, please email nas@nlb.gov.sg with details of your project and the quotations used. Please include details such as whether the project will be published to a wider audience, and specify the interviewee’s name, accession and reel numbers, timestamps and pages of transcript.

Additionally, proper citation of the interviews is required. Generally we would recommend the following:

  From the oral history interview of [Interviewee's name] (accession No. XXXXXX/Reel/Disc No. XX), Oral History Centre, National Archives of Singapore

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4. HOW DO I REQUEST COPIES OF RECORDS?

To request a reproduction of an oral history transcript or audio recording, please submit a request via the NAS e-Request system. In order to facilitate the reproduction of audio recordings, users are required to select the time codes from the recordings and provide brief description or information (e.g. the first and last few words of an audio extract) about the recording to be reproduced.

Depending on the conditions governing access, National Archives of Singapore may in most cases, not be able to give you details of the interviewees/depositing agencies beyond what is provided in our database. It is the requestor's and user's responsibility to ensure that copyright is not infringed and any infringement that does occur is the sole responsibility of the requestor and user.

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5. REPRODUCTION

Reproduction Cost
Formats Price Per Copy
(exclusive of 7% GST)
Computer printout A4 in black and white (per page) S$0.30
(Mp3)

Audio reproduction (straight transfer of audio recording up to 30 minutes)

Digitised audio in MP3 (up to 30 minutes of recording)


S$29.91

S$56.03
Digitised video in MP4 (up to 30 minutes of compilation) S$68.60

# All prices listed above are subjected to periodic reviews
# Please note that all oral history materials reproduced are for background research only.
Should you wish to quote from the interview(s), please obtain permission from the Oral History Centre.

In addition to the reproduction cost, an Archival and Administration (AA) fee per interview recording, per usage is levied.

ARCHIVAL AND ADMINISTRATION FEES
Type 1
Archival and Administration Fee for non-commercial use at S$18.69 (exclusive of GST)
Type 2
Archival and Administration Fee for commercial use at S$600 (exclusive of GST)
Any other use not defined in Type 2 Archive Administration Fee For use in products that generate sales and revenue with the end-beneficiary being private companies/individuals.
For use within advertisements for private companies/individuals.
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6. RECEIVING YOUR ORDER

Reproduction of not more than 6 hours of recordings per order would generally be completed within 7 working days. The materials will be sent via electronic means upon receipt of payment and applicable fees.

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