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Brooks, Margaret (3 of 8).  Oral History of Oral History

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    2013-02-12, 2013-04-09, 2013-05-15, 2013-07-16, 2013-09-053-07-17, 2013-09-24, 2013-11-13, 2013-12-04, 2014-01-22, 2014-02-19

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    The British Library

  • Interviewees

    Brooks, Margaret (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Martin retired and David and Margaret realised that there needed to be a full-time cataloguer; the post was filled by Laura Kamel. Previously there had been a volunteer working on cataloguing. They were developing a cataloguing system tailored to a sound recording. Recordings were given a sequential number to identify them, then reel numbers to identity the detail. They also catalogued a separate list of names. They used hand written cards for indexing. They decided the primary finding aid would be the reel-by-reel summary. The card index would be subject based and then referenced to the informants' names.David was doing some interviews. Margaret averaged about two to three interviews a week. They did later have an interviewer who only interviewed.

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    Life story interview with Margaret Brooks, former archivist and head of the Imperial War Museum’s Sound Archive.

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