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Storing your Interviews and Research

What happens to your hard-earned research notes, your interview recordings or transcripts when you are finished with your latest book? One possibility is the Canadian version of the Library of Congress – Library & Archives Canada aka LAC/bac. If your work has historical significance, as was the case with “Radio Ladies”, they may be interested in acquiring notes, research, interviews and so forth – especially if your notes are handwritten. It is worthwhile to contact them and ask if they would be interested in acquiring your research material for future generations of researchers. Once “Radio Ladies” was published I found that I had a two-drawer filing cabinet full of research notes. Some were the notes I made by hand when I was trying to locate the pioneering broadcasters so that I could sit down with them and talk about the early days of radio. Other notes were the actual handwritten interviews themselves together with cds of the transcribed notes. As well, I had sound files of the interviews I had done once I had the money to purchase a voice recorder. I had the recordings saved to cds as sound files. The interviews were backed up with a typed printout. There were also letters – snail mail letters – from women who had worked in radio. These were all so precious to me that I knew they would never be destroyed by me, but what if I was not in control of their destiny? So, I contacted LAC/bac and they were very interested – thrilled actually – and send me a contract form to fill out which will be attached to the storage boxes I send to Ottawa. If you are working on a book of Canadian historical significance LAC/bac is a possibility to consider, once your book is in print. (Peggy Stewart).