Statement on Content and Accessibility

Interview Content

The History 303 oral history interviews provide personal testaments of individuals’ – primarily Ohioans’ – unique experiences serving in or living through World War II, and for this reason they constitute an invaluable historical resource.  However, it should be noted that the interviews also capture the prevailing social attitudes and prejudices of the twentieth-century United States, particularly those held within the predominantly white and rural Midwest.  As such, some interviews contain racist, sexist, or xenophobic language.  While regrettable, this language is very much an artifact of a specific time period in U.S. history and is part of what makes the interviews illuminating primary sources.  Nonetheless, users of this exhibit are advised to use discretion when accessing or sharing the interviews.

Some interviews also contain graphic and violent descriptions of military combat.  Here too, user discretion is advised.

Accessibility

While we have augmented all History 303 oral history interviews with transcriptions and closed captions to enhance their accessibility for diverse audiences, we acknowledge that transcriptions and closed captions may contain spelling or other errors that obfuscate interview content or render the content inaccessible.  We welcome corrections to such errors.  Corrections may be submitted to exhibit curator Nick Pavlik in writing at npavlik@bgsu.edu, or by phone at 419-372-7914.  When submitting corrections, please be sure to specify the interview’s URL (if submitting via email), the name of the interviewee(s), and the specific recording time code(s) in which the error(s) occur.