All Ears: An Examination of the Documentality of Audiobooks, Podcasts, and Oral Histories with Extended Research into the London History Workshop Centre Oral History Collection in Collaboration with the Museum of London
Text-based documentation has long been considered the most viable way to transmit and receive information. The study of documentation, known as document theory, has undergone several changes that expanded the definition of what constitutes a document. The expansion broadened the definition of documents beyond the historical text-based forms. This dissertation examines the documentality of audiobooks, podcasts, and oral histories in order to clearly define these as a separate type of document, the audio document. Additionally, this dissertation was done in collaboration with the Museum of London (MOL) with the goal of initiating a risk assessment associated with the London History Workshop Centre (LHWC) oral history collection, held by the Museum. This dissertation aims to better understand the LHWC at both an organisational-level and in the case of the oral histories, an item-based level. By searching and analysing the bibliographic data contained in three subcollections, this dissertation initiates the risk assessment to better understand issues of copyright and data protection associated with the larger LHWC collection.