East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

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Use of Oral Histories

The oral history interviews collected by the South El Monte Arts Posse (SEMAP) are intimate conversations between community members ("narrators") and SEMAP oral historians, both of whom have generously agreed to share this recording with the SEMAP archives, and with you. Please listen in the spirit with which this was shared.

Interviews are made available for research and educational purposes only. All rights are reserved by SEMAP. Oral history narrators retain a non-exclusive right to copy, use, and publish interviews during their lifetimes.

When using these oral histories in research and education, please consider the following:

Best PracticesPlease consult the Oral History Association's Princples and Best Practices for Oral History (2009) when making use of oral history interviews.

Transcription and Written Representation: Oral histories are spoken records. They contain false starts, stumbles, misspeaks, repetitions, colloquialisms, and other patterns which are natural in speech but appear jarring on the written page. It is the responsibility of every transcriber and author to consider the best way in which to represent spoken words in writing. In certain contexts, attention to verbal patterns matters greatly; in others, it is reasonable and fair to smooth over tics and breaks for clarity. While there are no hard-and-fast rules, please maintain respect for our narrators and their stories when transcribing them or representing them in print. 

Citations: When using SEMAP oral histories, please cite them as follows: Narrator’s Name (First Last), Oral History Interview, Year of Interview (YYYY), South El Monte Arts Posse, East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte (www.semapeastofeast.com).